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air·craft

 (âr′krăft′)
n. pl. aircraft
A machine or device, such as an airplane, helicopter, glider, or dirigible, capable of atmospheric flight.

aircraft

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

air•craft

(ˈɛərˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft)

n., pl. -craft.
any machine supported for flight in the air by buoyancy or by the dynamic action of air on its surfaces, esp. powered airplanes, gliders, and helicopters.
[1840–50]

aircraft

See: inactive aircraft inventory; program aircraft; reserve aircraft; supporting aircraft; unit aircraft.

Aircraft

 flying machines collectively, 1850.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aircraft - a vehicle that can flyaircraft - a vehicle that can fly    
fly-by, flypast, flyover - a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
crash landing - an emergency landing under circumstances where a normal landing is impossible (usually damaging the aircraft)
crop-dusting, spraying - the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)
stabilisation, stabilization - the act of making something (as a vessel or aircraft) less likely to overturn
aircraft engine - the engine that powers and aircraft
bay - a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose; "he opened the bomb bay"
bogy, bogie, bogey - an unidentified (and possibly enemy) aircraft
cabin - the enclosed compartment of an aircraft or spacecraft where passengers are carried
cockpit - compartment where the pilot sits while flying the aircraft
craft - a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space
cruise missile - an unmanned aircraft that is a self-contained bomb
fuel system - equipment in a motor vehicle or aircraft that delivers fuel to the engine
heavier-than-air craft - a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it
lighter-than-air craft - aircraft supported by its own buoyancy
nose - a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft); "the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry"
skeletal frame, underframe, skeleton, frame - the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape; "the building has a steel skeleton"
skin - an outer surface (usually thin); "the skin of an airplane"
stealth aircraft - an aircraft designed in accordance with technology that makes detection by radar difficult
destabilization - an event that causes a loss of equilibrium (as of a ship or aircraft)
driftage - the deviation (by a vessel or aircraft) from its intended course due to drifting
fleet - group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership
airplane pilot, pilot - someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
brownout, dimout, blackout - darkness resulting from the extinction of lights (as in a city invisible to enemy aircraft)
aviate, pilot, fly - operate an airplane; "The pilot flew to Cuba"
touch down - come or bring (a plane) to a landing; "the plane touched down at noon"

aircraft

noun plane, jet, aeroplane, airplane, airliner (U.S. & Canad.), kite (Brit. slang), flying machine The return flight of the aircraft was delayed. see aviation terms

Aircraft

Types of Aircraft  aerodyne, aerostat, airliner, airship, amphibian, autogiro or autogyro, balloon, biplane, blimp, bomber, canard, coleopter, convertiplane, convertaplane, or convertoplane, cyclogiro, delta-wing, dirigible, dive bomber, drone, fighter, fighter-bomber, flying boat, flying wing, freighter, gas-filled balloon, glider, gyrodyne, hang-glider, helicopter, helicopter gunship, hot-air balloon, interceptor or intercepter, jet or jet plane, jetliner, jumbo jet, jump jet, lifting body, light aircraft, microlight or microlite, monoplane, multiplane, night fighter, ornithopter or orthopter, rotaplane, sailplane, seaplane, skiplane, Stealth bomber or Stealth plane, STOL, swept-wing, swing-wing, tanker, triplane, troop carrier, turbofan, turbojet, turboprop or propjet, VTOL, warplane, wing, zeppelin
Aircraft Parts  aerofoil, aerometeorograph, aerostructure, afterburner, aileron, airframe, air-intake, airlock, air scoop, airscrew, all-flying tail, altimeter, anti-icer, arrester, artificial horizon, astrodome or astrohatch, athodyd, autopilot, auxiliary power unit, basket, black box, blister, body, bomb bay, bombsight, bulkhead, cabin, canopy, cantilever, capsule, chassis, clamshell, cockpit, control column or control stick, cowling or cowl, dashboard, drop tank, ejection seat, elevator, elevon, empennage, engine, engine pod, fairing, fin, flap, flight deck, flight recorder, fuel tank, fuselage, galley, gondola, heat sink, hold, horn or horn balance, hydroplane, inclinometer, instrument panel, jet engine, jet pipe, joystick, keel, landing gear, landing light, launching shoe or launch shoe, longeron, main plane, nacelle, nose, nose wheel, Pitot tube, pod, propeller, pulsejet, pusher, pylon, ramjet or ramjet engine, rotor, rudder, slat, slinger ring, spinner, spoiler, stabilizer, tab, tail, tailplane, tailskid, tail wheel, trailing edge, trim tab, turret, undercarriage, waist, wing, winglet, wing tip
Translations
طَائِرَةطَائِره
letadlo
flyflyvemaskine
õhusõiduk
lentokoneilma-alus
כלי טיס
letjelicazrakoplov
flugfarartæki
航空機
항공기
aeronavăavion
letalo
flygplan
อากาศยาน
hava taştıuçak
máy bay

aircraft

[ˈɛəkrɑːft]
A. N (pl inv) → avión m
the aircraft industryla industria aeronáutica
B. CPD aircraft carrier Nporta(a)viones m

aircraft

[ˈɛərkrɑːft] [aircraft] (pl) navion maircraft carrier nporte-avions m invaircraft hangar nhangar m à avions

aircraft

[ˈɛəˌkrɑːft] n invaeromobile m, apparecchio, velivolo

air

() noun
1. the mixture of gases we breathe; the atmosphere. Mountain air is pure.
2. the space above the ground; the sky. Birds fly through the air.
3. appearance. The house had an air of neglect.
4. a tune. She played a simple air on the piano.
verb
1. to expose to the air in order to dry or make more fresh etc. to air linen.
2. to make known. He loved to air his opinions.
ˈairbag noun
a safety bag in a car that protects the driver or a passenger in an accident.
ˈairily adverb
in a light-hearted manner. She airily dismissed all objections.
ˈairiness noun
ˈairing noun
a short walk etc in the open air. She took the baby for an airing.
ˈairless adjective
1. (of weather) still and windless. It was a hot, airless night.
2. (of a room etc) stuffy and without fresh air.
ˈairy adjective
1. with plenty of (fresh) air. an airy room.
2. light-hearted and not serious. an airy disregard for authority.
ˈairborne adjective
in the air or flying. We were airborne five minutes after boarding the plane; airborne germs.
ˌair-conˈditioned adjective
having air-conditioning. an air-conditioned building.
ˌair-conˈditioner noun
an apparatus providing air-conditioning.
ˌair-conˈditioning noun
a method of providing a room, building etc with air of a controlled temperature and humidity.
ˈaircraftplural ˈaircraft noun
any of several types of machine for flying in the air. Enemy aircraft have been sighted.
aircraft carrier
a ship which carries aircraft and which aircraft can use for landing and taking off.
ˈairfield noun
an area of ground (with buildings etc) where (usually military) aircraft are kept and from which they fly.
air force
the part of the armed services which uses aircraft. the army, navy and air force.
ˈair-gun noun
a gun that is worked by air under pressure.
air hostess
a young woman who looks after passengers in an aircraft.
air letter
a letter sent by airmail.
ˈairlift noun
an operation to move cargo or people, carried out by air.
ˈairline noun
(a company that owns) a regular air transport service. Which airline are you travelling by?
ˈairliner noun
a (usually large) aircraft for carrying passengers.
ˈair-lock noun
a bubble in a pipe which prevents liquid from flowing along it.
ˈairmail noun
a system of carrying mail by air. Send this parcel by airmail; (also adjective) an airmail letter.
ˈairman noun
a member of an air force.
ˈair pollution noun
Air pollution is caused by smoke, toxic gases etc.
ˈairplane noun
(American) an aeroplane.
ˈairport noun
a place where passenger aircraft arrive and depart, with buildings for customs, waiting-rooms etc.
ˈair-pump noun
a pump for forcing air in or out of something.
ˈair-raid noun
an attack by aircraft.
ˈairship noun
an aircraft that is lighter than air and can be steered etc.
ˈairtight adjective
(of a container etc) into or through which air cannot pass. an airtight seal on a bottle.
ˈairway noun
a regular course followed by aircraft.
on the air
broadcasting (regularly) on radio or television.
put on airs / give oneself airs
to behave as if one is better or more important than others. She gives herself such airs that everyone dislikes her.

aircraft

طَائِرَة letadlo fly Flugzeug αεροσκάφος aeronave lentokone avion letjelica aereo 航空機 항공기 vliegtuig luftfartøy statek powietrzny aeronave, avião самолет flygplan อากาศยาน uçak máy bay 飞机
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