landing gear


: the part that supports the weight of an airplane or spacecraft when in contact with the land or water

Examples of landing gear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web See video:FedEx cargo plane lands on its nose in Istanbul after landing gear fails Where did the plane crash in Tennessee? Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 17 May 2024 That safe landing was possible because there are at least two wheels on every part of a landing gear, Pruchnicki says, in case one wheel falls or a tire goes flat. James Doubek, NPR, 15 May 2024 Turkey’s transport ministry confirmed damage to the front landing gear. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2024 The initial flight test phase is expected to last around three months, with the small demonstrator used to evaluate flight controls and the nose landing gear. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2024 Then it would be lifted onto the runway and set down on its landing gear, which is still in good condition. CBS News, 28 Nov. 2023 To help combat this, kids can attach the optional landing gear that helps prevent crash landings and sets this plane up for runway capability. Maya Polton, Parents, 12 Apr. 2024 The plane landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport around 1:30 p.m. local time after the flight crew reported a landing gear issue, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Jay Blackman, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 The missing panel was on the bottom side of the fuselage, underneath the wing and behind the main landing gear, United Spokesperson Leslie Scott told CNN. Pete Muntean, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of landing gear was in 1911

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“Landing gear.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

landing gear

: the part that supports the weight of an aircraft or spacecraft when on the ground

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