aircraft

[air-kraft, -krahft]
noun, plural aircraft.
any machine supported for flight in the air by buoyancy or by the dynamic action of air on its surfaces, especially powered airplanes, gliders, and helicopters.

Origin:
1840–50; air1 + craft

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aircraft (ˈɛəˌkrɑːft)
 
n , pl -craft
any machine capable of flying by means of buoyancy or aerodynamic forces, such as a glider, helicopter, or aeroplane

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aircraft
1851, originally in ref. to airships and balloons, from air (1) + craft. Aircraft carrier is attested from 1919 (H.M.S. Hermes, launched September 1919, was the first ship to be built from the hull up as an aircraft carrier).
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