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airplane

[air-pleyn] /ˈɛərˌpleɪn/
noun
1.
a heavier-than-air aircraft kept aloft by the upward thrust exerted by the passing air on its fixed wings and driven by propellers, jet propulsion, etc.
2.
any similar heavier-than-air aircraft, as a glider or helicopter.
Also, especially British, aeroplane.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75, for an earlier sense; alteration of aeroplane, with air1 replacing aero-
Related forms
proairplane, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for proairplane

airplane

/ˈɛəˌpleɪn/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) a heavier-than-air powered flying vehicle with fixed wings Also called aeroplane
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Word Origin and History for proairplane

airplane

n.

1907, from air (n.1) + plane (n.1); though the original references are British, the word caught on in American English, where it largely superseded earlier aeroplane (1873 in this sense and still common in British English). Aircraft "airplane" also is from 1907. Lord Byron, speculatively, used air-vessel (1822).

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Slang definitions & phrases for proairplane

airplane

noun

A tweezerlike clip for holding a marijuana cigarette stub; roach clip


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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