unidentified flying object

noun

plural unidentified flying objects
: a mysterious flying object in the sky that is sometimes assumed to be a spaceship from another planet : UFO
Three unidentified flying objects shot down from North American airspace could turn out to be balloons used for research or commercial purposes that posed no direct threat to the U.S., a White House spokesman said Tuesday.Candy Woodall et al.

called also UAP, unidentified aerial phenomenon, unidentified anomalous phenomenon

Examples of unidentified flying object in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No credible evidence exists that U.S. authorities covered up extraterrestrial life, in the form of unidentified flying objects, even if some Americans firmly believe in UFOs, a Pentagon report said Friday. David K. Li, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 But over the last few decades, as science and mass media have expanded, the obsession with unidentified flying objects and possible extraterrestrial life has exploded. Kelsey Klimara, ABC News, 19 Jan. 2024 Earlier today, three witnesses came before Congress to testify about their experiences with unidentified flying objects. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 26 July 2023 Reports like this of unidentified flying objects in the 1950s and 1960s fueled controversy and attention for Area 51. Christopher Nichols, The Conversation, 14 Aug. 2023 The United States military is capable of many things, but finding the remnants of an unidentified flying object scattered across a blinding expanse of Arctic ice in minus-30-degree weather using six available hours of daylight is not one of them. Katie Rogers, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2023 Headlines report the sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs/UAPs). Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 6 July 2023 UFOs An independent team assembled by NASA will publish its first report on unidentified anomalous phenomena, also known as unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, by the end of July. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 1 June 2023 With various sightings in recent weeks of unidentified flying objects around the U.S., some suggested this might also be a UFO. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 16 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unidentified flying object was in 1947

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“Unidentified flying object.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unidentified%20flying%20object. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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