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Definition of ultralight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: extremely light in mass or weight an ultralight alloy an ultralight pullover



Definition of ultralight (Entry 2 of 2)

: a very light recreational aircraft typically for one person that is powered by a small gasoline engine

Examples of ultralight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This provides ultralight optics in the palm of your hand. Chris Hachey, BGR, 24 Nov. 2021 To build one, Case starts out with an ultralight carbon fiber rod and carefully fashions it into a streamlined shape, often using model rocketry software as a guide. Patrick Cooke, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2021 One reaches speeds of over 150 mph, and flies for nearly an hour at more than 15,000 feet; an ultralight version that doesn’t require a pilot’s license to operate is limited to 60 mph by federal regulations and flies for 15 minutes. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2021 Try the ultralight pillow from Sea to Summit, which is perfect for backpacking. oregonlive, 16 Nov. 2021 For more information on ultralights For more information on ultralight aircrafts, visit www.eaa.org/eaa/aviation-interests/ultralights. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Nov. 2021 The Arrivals recently launched the Haelo Space Pack collection, featuring an ultralight packable jacket great for traveling in unpredictable climates. Meaghan Kenny, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Nov. 2021 Flyers have to follow the rules for ultralight craft—no flying at night or in densely populated areas or near airports, etc.—but otherwise the One is ready for take off immediately. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2021 This comes with a mousepad and a 65G ultralight mouse as well. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rutherford is flying a Shark Aero, a high-performance, two-seat ultralight aircraft manufactured in Europe, especially prepared for a long journey, according to her website. Nadine El-bawab, ABC News, 14 Dec. 2021 No one was arrested, and the ultralight flew back to Mexico before federal agents were able to interdict it. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, 4 Dec. 2020 But, in 1988, Salem died in a freak ultralight accident outside San Antonio. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2021 Particularly for the new class of ultralight laptops weighing under 2.5 pounds. Brooke Crothers, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 As an ultralight, Blackfly can weigh no more than 254 pounds and may not be flown at night or anywhere near populated areas. Robert Mark, Robb Report, 5 Aug. 2021 The Copper Spur remains just over three pounds even with these additions, thanks to the new ultralight, double-ripstop nylon in the body and vented, waterproof fly. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2021 The world’s first goats genetically engineered to produce ultralight, ultratough silk—via proteins in their milk. Max G. Levy, Wired, 28 June 2021 He was trained by two of the sport's pioneers in Arizona: Neil Bungard, a flight examiner with the Federal Aviation Administration, and ultralight distributor John Kemmeries. Dennis Wagner, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2021

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“Ultralight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultralight. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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