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 The coordinators also filled out preflight forms weighing various risks including turbulence, the pilot’s condition, and the weather at the time of the trip. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal investigators cite FAA failures in 2018 floatplane crash near Ketchikan," 7 Nov. 2019 Athletes tend to approach drug tests with the same attention to detail as pilots carrying out their preflight plane inspections, and for good reason: A positive result can ground careers and ruin reputations. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Sun Yang and Swimming Descend Into a Battle Over Doping," 23 July 2019 January 27, 1967: Apollo 1 accident A fire kills the mission’s three astronauts during a preflight test at Cape Canaveral. Amber Jorgenson, Discover Magazine, "Apollo Milestones," 20 May 2019 Her days are filled with endless studying, preflight meetings, flying, post-flight debriefings, and meeting with engineers. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Women Take Flight At New England Air Museum," 14 Mar. 2018 January 27, 1967: Apollo 1 accident A fire kills the mission’s three astronauts during a preflight test at Cape Canaveral. Amber Jorgenson, Discover Magazine, "Apollo Milestones," 20 May 2019 Her days are filled with endless studying, preflight meetings, flying, post-flight debriefings, and meeting with engineers. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Women Take Flight At New England Air Museum," 14 Mar. 2018 According to the NTSB, the crash stemmed from a preflight hydraulic check in which Mahany turned off a switch, cutting hydraulic pressure to the tail rotor hydraulic circuit. Jesse Paul, The Denver Post, "Flight For Life helicopter crash in Frisco that killed pilot was caused by hydraulic issue, NTSB finds," 28 Mar. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hardly anyone pays attention to the preflight briefing, which contains important safety information. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019 Hardly anyone pays attention to the preflight briefing, which contains important safety information. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019 Hardly anyone pays attention to the preflight briefing, which contains important safety information. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019 Hardly anyone pays attention to the preflight briefing, which contains important safety information. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019 Hardly anyone pays attention to the preflight briefing, which contains important safety information. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019 Hardly anyone pays attention to the preflight briefing, which contains important safety information. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019 Hardly anyone pays attention to the preflight briefing, which contains important safety information. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019 Hardly anyone pays attention to the preflight briefing, which contains important safety information. Author: Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, "How to evacuate a plane," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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“Preflight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preflight. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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