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[air-uh-pleyn] /ˈɛər əˌpleɪn/
noun, Chiefly British
Origin of aeroplane
1870-75; < French aéroplane, equivalent to aéro- aero- + -plane, apparently feminine of plan flat, level (< Latin plānus; cf. plain1), perhaps by association with forme plane; apparently coined and first used by French sculptor and inventor Joseph Pline in 1855 Unabridged
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  • If a third aeroplane is used, it must be placed at an angle that will impart additional acceleration to the air, and so on.

  • The submersible was sighted on July 1, 1915, by a French aeroplane.

  • He would need one that could sail on the water, and yet float in the air like a balloon or aeroplane.

    Through Space to Mars Roy Rockwood
  • That kind of aeroplane couldn't have any tire trouble, 'cause it hasn't got any tires.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • High in the air above the spot where the three boys were standing appeared an aeroplane.

  • It is a fact that the aeroplane came after, but not a fact that it came from, the motor-car.

  • An aeroplane and its engine are judged by the pilot who uses them.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • He's not in the aeroplane and I can't imagine where he may be!

    Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal G. Harvey Ralphson
  • The branches also offer a screen for the artillerymen, who can lurk beneath this shelter until the aeroplane has passed.

    Aeroplanes and Dirigibles of War Frederick A. Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for aeroplane


a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wings
Word Origin
C19: from French aéroplane, from aero- + Greek -planos wandering, related to planet
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Word Origin and History for aeroplane

1866, from French aéroplane (1855), from Greek aero- "air" (see air (n.1)) + stem of French planer "to soar," from Latin planus "level, flat" (see plane (n.1)). Originally in reference to surfaces (such as the protective shell casings of beetles' wings); meaning "heavier than air flying machine" first attested 1873, probably an independent English coinage (see airplane).

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