flying saucer

plural flying saucers

Definition of flying saucer

: any of various unidentified flying objects usually described as being saucer-shaped or disk-shaped Ra claims that in December of 1973, in the dish of a French volcano called Puy-de-Lassolas, he was taken onto a flying saucer, where he met a four-foot humanoid extraterrestrial with olive-colored skin, almond-shaped eyes, and long dark hair.— Toby Lester

Examples of flying saucer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seven months after its launch from Cape Canaveral, the $2.4 billion rover, encased in a flying saucer-like aeroshell and protected by a blunt heat shield, will slam into the top of Mars' discernible atmosphere at 3:48 p.m. EST. William Harwood, CBS News, "Watch Live: NASA's Perseverance rover landing on Mars," 18 Feb. 2021 After canceling his consciousness studies program, Mr. Bigelow focused on U.F.O.s, an interest dating back to 1947, a landmark year for flying saucer fever, after the crash of something still mysterious in the desert outside Roswell, N.M. New York Times, "Can Robert Bigelow (and the Rest of Us) Survive Death?," 21 Jan. 2021 Suspended from the conical peak of each yurt is a fixture shaped like a flying saucer that gives off both heat and light. New York Times, "At New York Restaurants, It’s the Season of the Yurt," 12 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, the kitchen's round oven and vent hood give off major flying saucer vibes. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Elvis Presley's Iconic Palm Springs Honeymoon House Has Sold — See Inside," 15 Dec. 2020 This was in 1995, two years before the Robinsons supposedly left an overcrowded Earth in their flying saucer and 27 years after the show ceased its original run. David Beers, The New Republic, "Selling the American Space Dream," 7 Dec. 2020 This set has everything kids need to make up their own games, including a flying saucer, wavy slide and two sling swings. Amanda Mcelfresh,, "Shop safely and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with this handy guide," 26 Nov. 2020 The field is the same except a small flying saucer that glided by the first time is now larger and thus getting closer. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Philip Glass and ‘Einstein on the Beach’: How one opera changed everything," 18 Nov. 2020 The Day the Earth Stood Still a flying saucer landed in Washington D.C on The Ellipse, not far from the National Mall. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, "Two Monumental Sculptures Welcome Visitors Back to the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden," 17 Aug. 2020

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flying saucer

: a flying object that people say they have seen in the sky, that is usually round like a saucer or disc, and that is believed by some people to be a spaceship from another world

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