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ultralight

[adj. uhl-truh-lahyt, uhl-truh-lahyt; n. uhl-truh-lahyt] /adj. ˌʌl trəˈlaɪt, ˈʌl trəˌlaɪt; n. ˈʌl trəˌlaɪt/
adjective
1.
extremely lightweight in comparison with others of its kind:
a car with an ultralight engine.
noun
2.
something that is ultralight.
3.
a small, light, inexpensive single-seat airplane that is essentially a motorized hang glider.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; ultra- + light2
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Examples from the web for ultralight
  • In fact, the cameras were in ultralight aircraft, which the birds accompanied-by choice.
  • The market for tiny ultralight cars with expensive drive trains in the name of squeezing out a few extra mpg is not that large.
  • ultralight video cameras fastened to the tail feathers of crows have shown the birds to be versatile tool-users in the wild.
  • ultralight in-molded climbing helmet with excellent ventilation for long and demanding uses.
  • They also make use of superstrong, ultralight new materials that take the place of steel and allow big savings on mileage.
  • If you are interested in flying ultralight vehicles, you don't need a pilot's license.
  • Our bill to fight drug trafficking using ultralight aircraft is now law.
  • Research in migration and avian behavior, primarily training whooping cranes to follow ultralight aircraft on a migration.
Word Origin and History for ultralight
adj.

1974, from ultra- + light (adj.). As a noun meaning "ultralight aircraft" it is recorded from 1982.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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