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[air-bawrn, -bohrn] /ˈɛərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn/
carried by the air, as pollen or dust.
in flight; aloft:
The plane was airborne by six o'clock.
Military. (of ground forces) carried in airplanes or gliders:
airborne infantry.
Aeronautics. (of an aircraft) supported entirely by the atmosphere; flying.
Origin of airborne
1635-45; air1 + borne1 Unabridged
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  • "I'll have you and the Lady Dallona airborne and off for Ghamma as soon as you wish," he promised.

    Last Enemy Henry Beam Piper
  • After you arrived back on AF-1, what did you do between that time and the time the plane was airborne?

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • As they were airborne, Scotty took the speed graphic he had brought and checked to see that a film pack was in place.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • After the President's plane was airborne, we left and came back to the city hall.

    Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • "I feel certain that whatever contaminating agent we are dealing with is airborne," said Professor Maddox.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for airborne


conveyed by or through the air
(of aircraft) flying; in the air
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Word Origin and History for airborne

1640s, "carried through the air," from air (n.1) + borne. Of military units, from 1937.

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