airplane

An airplane is a flying vehicle that has fixed wings and engines or propellers that thrust it forward through the air. It's most common when you travel long distances to take an airplane.

An airplane is the form of transportation you'll probably choose when you need to go from New York to California — it's the fastest and safest way to get there. Commercial airplanes are flown by a pilot and staffed by a crew. In Britain, it's still called an aeroplane, from the Greek aero-, "air," and French planer, "to soar," by way of the French aéroplane.

Definitions of airplane
  1. noun
    an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
    “the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane
    synonyms: aeroplane, plane
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    B-52
    United States military aircraft; B- stands for bomber
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    airliner
    a commercial airplane that carries passengers
    amphibian, amphibious aircraft
    an airplane designed to take off and land on water
    biplane
    old fashioned airplane; has two wings one above the other
    bomber
    a military aircraft that drops bombs during flight
    delta wing
    an airplane with wings that give it the appearance of an isosceles triangle
    attack aircraft, fighter, fighter aircraft
    a high-speed military or naval airplane designed to destroy enemy aircraft in the air
    hangar queen
    an airplane with a bad maintenance record
    jet, jet plane, jet-propelled plane
    an airplane powered by one or more jet engines
    monoplane
    an airplane with a single wing
    multiengine airplane, multiengine plane
    a plane with two or more engines
    propeller plane
    an airplane that is driven by a propeller
    reconnaissance plane
    a military airplane used to gain information about an enemy
    hydroplane, seaplane
    an airplane that can land on or take off from water
    ski-plane
    an airplane equipped with skis so it can land on a snowfield
    tanker plane
    an airplane constructed to transport chemicals that can be dropped in order to fight a forest fire
    airbus
    a subsonic jet airliner operated over short distances
    dive bomber
    a bomber that releases its bombs during a steep dive toward the target
    double-prop, double-propeller plane, twin-prop, twin-propeller-plane
    a propeller plane with an engine that drives two propellers in opposite directions (for stability)
    fan-jet, fanjet, turbofan, turbojet
    an airplane propelled by a fanjet engine
    floatplane, pontoon plane
    a seaplane equipped with pontoons for landing or taking off from water
    flying boat
    a large seaplane that floats with its fuselage in the water rather than on pontoons
    interceptor
    a fast maneuverable fighter plane designed to intercept enemy aircraft
    jetliner
    a large jet plane that carries passengers
    jumbo jet, jumbojet
    a very large jet plane
    kamikaze
    a fighter plane used for suicide missions by Japanese pilots in World War II
    narrow-body, narrow-body aircraft, narrowbody aircraft
    a commercial airliner with a single aisle
    propjet, turbo-propeller plane, turboprop
    an airplane with an external propeller that is driven by a turbojet engine
    single prop, single-propeller plane
    a propeller plane with a single propeller
    stealth bomber
    a bomber that is difficult to detect by radar
    stealth fighter
    a fighter that is difficult to detect by radar; is built for precise targeting and uses laser-guided bombs
    twinjet
    a jet plane propelled by two jet engines
    twin-aisle airplane, wide-body, wide-body aircraft, widebody aircraft
    a commercial airliner with two aisles
    type of:
    heavier-than-air craft
    a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it
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