preflight

adjective
pre·​flight | \ ˈprē-ˌflīt How to pronounce preflight (audio) \

Definition of preflight

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: preparing for or preliminary to flight (as of an aircraft) a preflight inspection

preflight

verb
preflighted; preflighting; preflights

Definition of preflight (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to inspect (an aircraft) before a flight

preflight

noun

Definition of preflight (Entry 3 of 3)

: a preflight inspection of an aircraft

Examples of preflight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective More than half a century ago, a fire during a preflight test took the lives of three astronauts, forever impacting the the world of space. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 4 June 2022 Share a particularly thrilling date at the Lincoln Park indoor sky diving spot, which offers couples a package including a total of four flights with preflight training and one-on-one flight instruction. Samantha Nelson, chicagotribune.com, 9 Feb. 2022 American Airlines is also beginning a preflight COVID-19 testing program for flights to Hawaii, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 1 Oct. 2020 Under the scheme, the public site sends a preflight request in the form of the new header Access-Control-Request-Private-Network: true. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 13 Jan. 2022 The groundbreaking first flight was originally scheduled for April 11, but plans shifted after a command-sequence issue was discovered when the helicopter went through a system of preflight checks with its software. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 But the new one-day window for getting tested announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has nevertheless added an extra layer of preflight stress. Mark Landler, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2021 In a preflight briefing, Proctor spoke about her excitement and anticipation ahead of the launch. NBC News, 15 Sep. 2021 Last week, officials from NASA said a preflight review of the launch had gone off smoothly. Doug Cameron, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, preflight checks carried out during the warmer days revealed a failed inclinometer sensor, which in turn means Ingenuity is grounded until a fix can be found. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 7 June 2022 If and when Google is confident there won't be mass disruptions, preflight requests will have to be granted to go through. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 13 Jan. 2022 An airplane fueler watched Lanzendorfer do preflight checks earlier in the day. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Aug. 2021 In-flight Service: A dedicated first-class cabin flight attendant, a complimentary preflight drink and snack, and a blanket and pillow. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 14 Aug. 2021 This should ease the transition from preflight to flight for both the hardware and software. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021 This should ease the transition from preflight to flight for both the hardware and software. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021 This should ease the transition from preflight to flight for both the hardware and software. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021 This should ease the transition from preflight to flight for both the hardware and software. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 19 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of preflight

Adjective

1942, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1945, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1950, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2022

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“Preflight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preflight. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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