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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 + borne Unabridged
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  • Everyone east of them has been choking on their airborne filth for generations.
  • His radio was on the fritz, but never mind: while airborne he would communicate with us on the ground through a series of kicks.
  • The visitors find a fantasia of airborne and seaborne creatures in a habitat about the size of a small college campus.
  • There were reports that other units of the two famed airborne divisions were moving into the area.
  • Many airborne particles fall to the floor when moistened.
  • Yet he can go airborne when he needs to: he rouses his troops by shrieking and hopping around from tree to rock.
  • Nonetheless, the show takes some time to get airborne.
  • The set is made up of huge disks and squares, airborne geometry.
  • It's easy to get airborne when you don't weigh much.
  • Flying frogs, leaping lizards, airborne squirrels-a host of creatures employ gravity-defying means of travel.
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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