What does aeroplane mean?

Definitions for aeroplane
ˈɛər əˌpleɪnaero·plane

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. airplane, aeroplane, planenoun

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

    "the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"


  1. aeroplanenoun

    Hence: A heavier-than-air flying machine using such a device to provide lift; an airplane. In a modern aeroplane, the airfoils are called the wings, and most of the lift is derived from these surfaces. In contrast to helicopters, the wings are fixed to the passenger compartment (airframe) and do not move relative to the frame; thus such a machine is called a fixed-wing aircraft. These machines are called monoplanes, biplanes, triplanes, or quadruplanes, according to the number of main supporting planes (wings) used in their construction. After 1940 few planes with more than one airfoil were constructed, and these are used by hobbyists or for special purposes. Being heavier than air they depend for their levitation on motion imparted by the thrust from either propellers driven by an engine, or, in a jet plane, by the reaction from a high-velocity stream of gases expelled rearward from a jet engine. They start from the ground by a run on small wheels or runners, and are guided by a steering apparatus consisting of horizontal and vertical movable planes, which usually form part of the wings or tail. There are many varieties of form and construction, which in some cases are known by the names of their inventors. In U.S., an aeroplane is usually called an airplane or plane.


  1. aeroplanenoun

    A powered heavier-than-air aircraft with fixed wings.

  2. Etymology: From aéroplane, from ἀερόπλανος, from ἀήρ + πλάνος.


  1. aeroplane

    An airplane or aeroplane (informally plane) is a fixed-wing aircraft that is propelled forward by thrust from a jet engine, propeller, or rocket engine. Airplanes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and wing configurations. The broad spectrum of uses for airplanes includes recreation, transportation of goods and people, military, and research. Worldwide, commercial aviation transports more than four billion passengers annually on airliners and transports more than 200 billion tonne-kilometers of cargo annually, which is less than 1% of the world's cargo movement. Most airplanes are flown by a pilot on board the aircraft, but some are designed to be remotely or computer-controlled such as drones. The Wright brothers invented and flew the first airplane in 1903, recognized as "the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight". They built on the works of George Cayley dating from 1799, when he set forth the concept of the modern airplane (and later built and flew models and successful passenger-carrying gliders) and the work of German pioneer of human aviation Otto Lilienthal, who, between 1867 and 1896, also studied heavier-than-air flight. Lilienthal's flight attempts in 1891 are seen as the beginning of human flight. Following its limited use in World War I, aircraft technology continued to develop. Airplanes had a presence in all the major battles of World War II. The first jet aircraft was the German Heinkel He 178 in 1939. The first jet airliner, the de Havilland Comet, was introduced in 1952. The Boeing 707, the first widely successful commercial jet, was in commercial service for more than 50 years, from 1958 to at least 2013.


  1. aeroplane

    An aeroplane, also known as an airplane, is a powered flying vehicle with fixed wings and a weight greater than that of the air it displaces. It is propelled forward by thrust from jet engines or propellers and uses its wings for lift. Aeroplanes are primarily used for transportation of people and goods over long distances, although they are also used for military purposes, aerial surveying, and other specialized activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aeroplanenoun

    a flying machine, or a small plane for experiments on flying, which floats in the air only when propelled through it

  2. Etymology: [aro- + plane.]


  1. Aeroplane

    "Aeroplane" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1995 album One Hot Minute. It was the third single released from the album and a music video accompanied its release. Although the song was left off the band's Greatest Hits CD, the music video was included on the accompanying DVD. Despite its dark lyrical themes it is one of the more accessible and upbeat songs on One Hot Minute, with a funk slap bass line and child choral vocals from Flea's daughter Clara and her classmates. The song refers to American band Mazzy Star with the lyrics "The star of Mazzy must/push her voice inside of me". On the CD single the live B-sides "Backwoods" and "Me and My Friends" incorrectly list John Frusciante and Chad Smith as ones of the song writers. Both songs were written with Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons before John Frusciante and Chad Smith joined the band. "Aeroplane" has not been performed live since Navarro's final show in 1997. Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith discussed performing songs from the album in a 2011 interview and both acknowledged "Aeroplane" being one of the songs that was fun to play however Kiedis said the album's songs didn't really fit in with the new songs being performed on the upcoming tour.

Editors Contribution

  1. aeroplane

    A type of aircraft.

    Many countries call their aircraft an aeroplane.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 21, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aeroplane in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aeroplane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of aeroplane in a Sentence

  1. Sam Rutherford:

    Aeroplanes landing on beaches has been done and STOL competitions have existed almost since the aeroplane has existed itself, all we are doing is put the two together.

  2. Chief Executive Craig Kreeger:

    The 747s are a good aeroplane for us even with oil at $100 (a barrel) but they're a really good plane at $60.

  3. Jeffrey Thomas:

    It's an outstanding aeroplane, the 737 is the most widely used aeroplane in the world -- there's over 7,000 of them flying at the moment... it's the workhorse of the world.

  4. William Auguste:

    For sure it looked like part of an aeroplane - it looks like it's from the inside part of it, ...there was wallpaper inside of the plane, you can see this design and part of it is still there.

  5. Antoine De Saint-Exupery:

    The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.

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