flying saucer

noun
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 In addition to being the only commercial space in any direction for a considerable number of miles, there’s a vintage tow-truck parked out front, carrying a full-sized — and apparently broken down — flying saucer. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Preschoolers can get their first drone experience playing with Scoot, a simple indoor drone just under 5 inches in diameter that lights up, lifts off, and whirls around your home like a tiny flying saucer. Popular Science, "The best drones for curious kids," 15 Jan. 2020 The harvest-gold flying saucer perched on a rocky ledge high above Idyllwild, California, is a Futuro house. Anna Bahney, CNN, "This flying saucer is one man's vacation home," 29 Nov. 2019 As the cold front approached the southern Plains, a sneaky supercell thunderstorm, rotating like a flying saucer, spun up in southwestern Oklahoma. Matthew Cappucci, chicagotribune.com, "Tumultuous weather pattern triggers historic snowstorm in Plains, Nor’easter and western windstorm," 14 Oct. 2019 In just over a decade, a small capsule shaped like a flying saucer will blaze in from space and smash into an empty Utah desert. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Bold space mission to bring back rocks from Mars takes shape," 21 Nov. 2019 The West Antarctic ice sheet looks, in profile, like a flying saucer that has landed on the sea-floor. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019 Erwin Wurm, an Austrian artist, is one of its main attractions; his piece looks much like a Porsche partially melted down to resemble a flying saucer. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "For public art in the Boston area, competing interests and big questions," 27 July 2019 In paintings evocative of folk art — albeit folk art of an absurdist stripe — Watson pays tribute to the curious memories of her youth in rural Texas, as the daughter of a father who liked to build flying saucers. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: The force of fashion photos, underwater montages and Washington, D.C., feminized," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of flying saucer

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Flying saucer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flying%20saucer. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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flying saucer

noun

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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