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airborne

[air-bawrn, -bohrn] /ˈɛərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn/
adjective
1.
carried by the air, as pollen or dust.
2.
in flight; aloft:
The plane was airborne by six o'clock.
3.
Military. (of ground forces) carried in airplanes or gliders:
airborne infantry.
4.
Aeronautics. (of an aircraft) supported entirely by the atmosphere; flying.
Origin of airborne
1635-1645
1635-45; air1 + borne1
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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

airborne

/ˈɛəˌbɔːn/
adjective
1.
conveyed by or through the air
2.
(of aircraft) flying; in the air
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Word Origin and History for airborne
adj.

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

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