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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AIRPLANE

Then came the report of an attempt to launch an airplane from the roof of Berlin.

Commercial development of the airplane and the airship commenced after the war.

You will take me back in my airplane, and you will land me at Punta Arenas.

And the airplane, and the automobile, and—oh, ever so many things.

I'll do a parachute jump into the sky, and land on an airplane!

The steelmills, the oilfields, the airplane and automobile factories?

No man was reserved on this subject of airplane improvement.

Often he spins, and a fall with an airplane from a hundred feet is just as nasty as it can be.

Any one can learn to fly an airplane in one or two months of proper training.

Rigging an airplane has some resemblance to rigging a ship for sailing.

WORD ORIGIN

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+ plane (n.1); though the original references are British, the word caught on in American English, where it largely superseded earlier aeroplane (1873 in this sense and still common in British English).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).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR AIRPLANE

craft

nounwater or air vehicle

jet

nounvehicle propelled by ejection of pressurized gas or liquid
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