flying machine


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flying machine

n.
A machine designed for flight, especially an early experimental type of aircraft.
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fly′ing machine`


n.
Older Use. an airborne vehicle.
[1730–40]
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Henson, the projector of the late unsuccessful flying machine - with two seamen from Woolwich - in all, eight persons.
Struck in mid-air, a trifle of a flying machine, all its delicate gears tangled and disrupted, Cocky fell to the floor in a shower of white feathers, which, like snowflakes, eddied slowly down after, and after the plummet-like descent of the cat, so that some of them came to rest on her back, startling her tense nerves with their gentle impact and making her crouch closer while she shot a swift glance around and overhead for any danger that might threaten.
Johnny Dooit next came on the platform with his tool-chest, and in a few minutes built a great flying machine; then put his chest in the machine and the whole thing flew away together--Johnny and all--after he had bid good-bye to those present and thanked the Princess for her hospitality.
He would have felt less fear of the giant flying machine and would have known only too well how to wreck it."
I was then for a time the Head of the finest Flying Machine that was ever known to exist, and we did many wonderful things.
They were of the brotherhood of visionaries who likewise predicted the building of ships that would cross the Atlantic in five days, the invention of a flying machine, lighting by electricity, telephonic communication without wires, and other Arabian Night marvels.
That's the kind of rulers the old partyites give you!" "The president of the Florida Flying Machine Company is in jail for bigamy.
"You have left the real and solid earth and are up in the air with a word for a flying machine. Pray come down to earth and tell me precisely what you do mean by philosophy."
Pictures of flying and flying machines returned to the newspapers; articles and allusions increased and multiplied in the serious magazines.
"I tell you, sir," he said, "there isn't a big Power in Europe, OR Asia, OR America, OR Africa, that hasn't got at least one or two flying machines hidden up its sleeve at the present time.
1908: The Wright Brothers patented their flying machine.
Punjab Police arrested Muhammad Fayyaz for testing his flying machine, a small aircraft, he assembled in Pak Pattan.