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 Dictionary entry overview: What does airplane mean? 

  The noun AIRPLANE has 1 sense:

1. an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets

  Familiarity information: AIRPLANE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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An aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


aeroplane; airplane; plane

Context example:

the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane

Hypernyms ("airplane" is a kind of...):

heavier-than-air craft (a non-buoyant aircraft that requires a source of power to hold it aloft and to propel it)

Meronyms (parts of "airplane"):

navigation light (light on an airplane that indicates the plane's position and orientation; red light on the left (port) wing tip and green light on the right (starboard) wing tip)

radar dome; radome (a housing for a radar antenna; transparent to radio waves)

fuel pod; pod (a detachable container of fuel on an airplane)

wing (one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane)

landing gear (an undercarriage that supports the weight of the plane when it is on the ground)

bonnet; cowl; cowling; hood (protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine)

fuselage (the central body of an airplane that is designed to accommodate the crew and passengers (or cargo))

escape hatch (hatchway that provides a means of escape in an emergency)

accelerator; accelerator pedal; gas; gas pedal; gun; throttle (a pedal that controls the throttle valve)

windscreen; windshield (transparent screen (as of glass) to protect occupants of a vehicle)

Domain member category:

leeway ((of a ship or plane) sideways drift)

drift (the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane))

atomic number 22; Ti; titanium (a light strong grey lustrous corrosion-resistant metallic element used in strong lightweight alloys (as for airplane parts); the main sources are rutile and ilmenite)

circumnavigation (traveling around something (by ship or plane))

prang (crash)

hunt (yaw back and forth about a flight path)

passenger; rider (a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it)

highjacker; hijacker (someone who uses force to take over a vehicle (especially an airplane) in order to reach an alternative destination)

place; seat (a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane))

log (a written record of events on a voyage (of a ship or plane))

roll-on roll-off (a method of transport (as a ferry or train or plane) that vehicles roll onto at the beginning and roll off of at the destination)

dip circle; inclinometer (a measuring instrument for measuring the angle of magnetic dip (as from an airplane))

defroster; deicer (heater that removes ice or frost (as from a windshield or a refrigerator or the wings of an airplane))

astern ((of a ship or an airplane) behind)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "airplane"):

airliner (a commercial airplane that carries passengers)

ski-plane (an airplane equipped with skis so it can land on a snowfield)

hydroplane; seaplane (an airplane that can land on or take off from water)

reconnaissance plane (a military airplane used to gain information about an enemy)

propeller plane (an airplane that is driven by a propeller)

multiengine airplane; multiengine plane (a plane with two or more engines)

monoplane (an airplane with a single wing)

jet; jet plane; jet-propelled plane (an airplane powered by one or more jet engines)

hangar queen (an airplane with a bad maintenance record)

attack aircraft; fighter; fighter aircraft (a high-speed military or naval airplane designed to destroy enemy aircraft in the air)

bomber (a military aircraft that drops bombs during flight)

biplane (old fashioned airplane; has two wings one above the other)

amphibian; amphibious aircraft (an airplane designed to take off and land on water)

tanker plane (an airplane constructed to transport chemicals that can be dropped in order to fight a forest fire)

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