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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

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Voler Avec Les Oiseaux operates ultralight and balloon flights with birds, and also rents out treehouse accommodations an hour away from the airfield. Robin Aigner, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Man, a Tiny Aircraft, and a Flock of Geese: Flying Among Birds in France," 22 July 2019 Timothy Froebe’s ultralight aircraft crashed in Benson, Ariz., about 50 miles southeast of Tucson just before 8 a.m., KOLD News 13 reported. Fox News, "Off-duty Arizona police officer dies piloting small plane," 5 Sep. 2019 First introduced in 2015, the MacBook was ultralight, had a single USB-C port, and came in a flashy rose gold colorway. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Apple's New MacBook Pro Goes All In on the Touch Bar," 9 July 2019 All in all, a far cry from the ultralight technical packs, tents, and shells that made GoLite such fan favorite with core long-distance hikers. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "GoLite, Thru-Hikers' Favorite Brand, Is Back. Sorta.," 10 May 2018 The tent also uses a fabric that is more durable and waterproof than on many ultralight backpacking tents. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "This Spring’s 11 Best Camping Tents," 1 May 2019 Well, there’s news from the ultralight market as well. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Couples Camping Gear Just Got Even Better," 20 June 2019 Turn a Beer Can into a Stove Alcohol stoves have long been a favorite of ultralight backpackers. Outside Online, "5 Ways to Impress Your Friends at the Campsite," 25 July 2019 The team even sources ultralight motors called linear actuators capable of generating enough force to lift more than a pound while weighing only about as much as a ballpoint pen. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD students restore motion to five-year-old boy’s arms," 15 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Police say the ultralight plane, while turning back toward the airfield, crashed into a wooded area adjacent to the airport in Sterling, Connecticut. Jill Martin, CNN, "Former NASCAR champ Mike Stefanik dies in plane crash," 16 Sep. 2019 The pilot of an ultralight was badly injured Sunday afternoon when the aircraft crashed in a wooded area off Plainfield Pike in Sterling, state police said. David Owens, courant.com, "Pilot badly injured when ultralight crashes in Sterling," 15 Sep. 2019 To qualify for the ZeroHero aisle, products could be package-free, refillable, delivered from a dispensary, or otherwise ultralight in their footprint. Rowan Jacobsen, Outside Online, "An Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives," 8 Aug. 2019 Or when a goose bumped into the long arm of the ultralight that held the GoPro camera and the plane shuddered. Robin Aigner, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Man, a Tiny Aircraft, and a Flock of Geese: Flying Among Birds in France," 22 July 2019 Gary Maynard explained the types are known as an ultralight and stacked kite. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Hundreds of metro Detroiters answer the call: Go fly a kite," 15 July 2019 Some had been customers of the former GoLite in its heyday of ultralight hiking and backpacking gear. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "GoLite, Thru-Hikers' Favorite Brand, Is Back. Sorta.," 10 May 2018 When the engine on my ultralight cut out, I was supposed to be ready. Caroline Paul, Outside Online, "Caroline Paul on Her First Emergency Landing," 11 July 2018 There are, of course, fancy featherweight pre-preg sil-nylon tarps, which are amazing for making an ultralight shelter while on climbing routes, but for most uses, a cheap tarp is best. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Don't Underestimate the Humble $12 Tarp," 2 May 2018

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1974, in the meaning defined above


1974, in the meaning defined above

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