noun, often attributive
air·​craft | \ ˈer-ˌkraft How to pronounce aircraft (audio) \
plural aircraft

Definition of aircraft

: a vehicle (such as an airplane or balloon) for traveling through the air

Examples of aircraft in a Sentence

a company that manufactures aircraft
Recent Examples on the Web Private western contractors maintained most of the aircraft under contract—and those people have long since fled the country. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Sep. 2021 At the other end of the aircraft, Diane took in the news. Francesca Street, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 Todd Beamer became one of the heroes of 9/11, as one of the passengers who attempted to regain control of the aircraft from hijackers before the plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Sep. 2021 On the ground, there will be a number of aircraft to see up close as well as aviation exhibits on display. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 The image of a solitary man walking up the ramp of an aircraft, dressed in full kit with a rifle in his hand. Don Bentley, National Review, 2 Sep. 2021 Zana Rahman, the mayor of Penjwen, told the local Rudaw news agency that the strikes took place over the course of 20 minutes and that drones were most likely the type of aircraft used. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Aided by medics, the mother delivered Reach in the cargo bay of the aircraft. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Videos have shown Taliban fighters posing by some of these aircraft, but a new Taliban air force is not likely to emerge, according to former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and ABC News contributor Steve Ganyard. Matt Seyler, ABC News, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of aircraft

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aircraft was in 1845

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16 Sep 2021

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“Aircraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aircraft

: a machine (such as an airplane or a helicopter) that flies through the air


air·​craft | \ ˈer-ˌkraft How to pronounce aircraft (audio) \
plural aircraft

Kids Definition of aircraft

: a vehicle (as an airplane or helicopter) that can travel through the air and that is supported either by its own lightness or by the action of the air against its surfaces


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