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[air-speed] /ˈɛərˌspid/
noun
1.
the forward speed of an aircraft relative to the air through which it moves.
Compare groundspeed.
Origin of airspeed
1905-1910
1905-10; air1 + speed
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  • I've never had her above 2.5, but the airspeed gauge is marked up to four.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • The pilot, a big-boned Britisher who had two jobs to do at once, watched the airspeed indicator.

    What The Left Hand Was Doing Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for airspeed

airspeed

/ˈɛəˌspiːd/
noun
1.
the speed of an aircraft relative to the air in which it moves Compare groundspeed
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