• The Aeroplane Fight
    The Aeroplane Fight
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aeroplane an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets "the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • aeroplane A light rigid plane used in aërial navigation to oppose sudden upward or downward movement in the air, as in gliding machines; specif., such a plane slightly inclined and driven forward as a lifting device in some flying machines. Also called airfoil.
    • aeroplane hence, a heavier-than-air flying machine using such a device to provide lift. 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aeroplane A plane placed in the air for aërostatical experiments.
    • n aeroplane A flying-machine invented by Victor Tatin and successfully tried at the French experiment-station of Chalais-Meudon in 1879. It consists of a cylindrical receiver for compressed air used to drive two air-propellers, two laterally extended wings, and a tail for steering. The velocity obtained was 8 meters per second.
    • n aeroplane A plane or curved (see aërocurve) surface, used to sustain a flying-machine or a gliding-machine in the air, or in aërodynamical experiments. As the machine moves through the air, the aëroplane (commonly a light framework covered with a fabric), set at a small angle above the horizontal, tends to support it by its lifting-power. Flying-machines in which aëroplanes are so used are also called ‘aëroplanes’ (see def. 2): those in which support in the air has been sought by the movement (‘flapping’) of such surfaces in imitation of the action of the wings of birds are called ‘ornithopters.’
    • n aeroplane A flying-machine driven by an engine and supported by the pressure of the air upon the under side of plane or curved surfaces known as ‘aëroplanes’ or ‘aërocurves.’ (See def. 1.) Various attempts to attain flight, in “heavier-than-air” machines, by means of the lifting-power of aëroplanes (surfaces) were made during the second half of the nineteenth century. Models of flying-machines of this type, more or less successful, were constructed by Stringfellow in 1847 and 1868 and by Moy in 1874 and Tatin in 1879. But the most important advances toward the solution of the problem were made in the aerodynamical investigations of S. P. Langley and Sir Hiram Maxim, and in the experiments of O. Lilienthal, O. Chanute, and others with gliding-machines. Langley perfected a model of an aëroplane (his “aërodrome”) propelled by a steam-engine (burning naphtha), which in November, 1896, flew about three quarters of a mile. Experiments with gliding-machines were begun by Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1900, and on December 17, 1903, an aëroplane constructed by them and propelled by a gasolene motor rose from the ground and made a flight of 260 meters in 59 seconds—the first instance of successful mechanical flight by man. From that time the development of the aeroplane by the Wrights and others (Voisin, Farman, Curtiss, Bleriot, Latham, etc.) has been rapid and extraordinary results have been attained. The machines in successful use are of two general types: ‘biplanes’ (Wright, Curtiss, Voisin, Farman, etc.) having two aëroplanes (surfaces) placed one above the other, and ‘monoplanes’ (Antoinette, Bleriot, etc.) having one aëroplane (surface) or two laterally disposed. On Dec. 31, 1908, Wilbur Wright made, in France, a flight of 2 hours and 20 minutes, a period surpassed on August 7, 1909, by Sommer (2 hrs. 27¼ min.) and on Aug. 27, 1909, at Rheims, by Farman (3 hrs. 4 min. 56⅖ sec.: 111.848 miles; his flight was continued (unofficially) for about seven miles more). On July 27, 1909, Orville Wright, at Fort Myer, made a cross-country flight of ten miles, with a passenger, at the rate of over 42 miles an hour. A record for speed was made by Curtiss, in a biplane, at Rheims on August 28, 1909, when he made 12.42 miles in 15 min. 50¾ sec. On July 25, 1909, Bleriot crossed the English Channel from Calais to Dover in a monoplane, in about 40 minutes.
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  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.”
  • Margaret Drabble
    Margaret Drabble
    “You learn to put your emotional luggage where it will do some good, instead of using it to shit on other people, or blow up aeroplanes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
aëro-, + plane,


In literature:

By 1908 Cody had built an aeroplane and was making experimental flights at Aldershot.
"Aviation in Peace and War" by Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes
Aeroplanes occasionally made their appearance above the contending armies.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
We had our usual visit from an enemy aeroplane this morning.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
He had as positive information regarding aeroplanes as he had regarding socialism.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
OUR YOUNG AEROPLANE SCOUTS IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM; or, Saving The Fortunes of the Trouvilles.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
After passing Albert there was less of interest, but we saw one of our aeroplanes stranded in a ploughed field east of Millencourt.
"Q.6.a and Other places" by Francis Buckley
The world now travels by aeroplane and express train, yet the antiquated habits continue.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
Considering its origin, the aeroplane was a more than ingenious piece of work.
"On the Edge of the Arctic" by Harry Lincoln Sayler
The Aeroplane Boys on the Wing; or, Aeroplane Chums in the Tropics 3.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
A torpedo flotilla bombarded one of the barracks, moreover, to some effect, while Japanese aeroplanes were also active.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various

In poetry:

When I am strong enough to do
The things I'm truly wishful to,
I'll never use a car or train
But always have an aeroplane;
"A Child's Garden" by Rudyard Kipling
The automobile, the aeroplane,
Are useful gadgets, but profane:
The enginry of which I dream
Is moved by water or by steam.
"Doggerel" by W H Auden
But when I'm on my back again,
I watch the Croydon aeroplane
That flies across to France, and sings
Like hitting thick piano-strings.
"A Child's Garden" by Rudyard Kipling
From out a high, cool cloud descends
An aeroplane's far moan,
The sun strikes down, the thin cloud rends….
The black speck travels on.
"Battle" by Robert Nichols
An image of an aeroplane
the propeller is rashers of bacon
the wings are of reinforced lard
the tail is made of paper-clips
the pilot is a wasp
"The Very Image - To Rene Magritte" by David Gascoyne
Leave no old village standing
Which could provide a landing
For aeroplanes to roar,
But spare such cheap defacements
As huts with shattered casements
Unlived-in since the war.
"Inexpensive Progress" by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

But since aeroplanes have been refitting the interiors to make these things difficult, and selling marginal improvements, the passengers are at one another's mercy.
INTERVIEWS Neutral Milk Hotel's Original ' Aeroplane ' Postcard Found in Jersey.
Neutral Milk Hotel's Original ' Aeroplane ' Postcard Found in Jersey.
The Wright Brothers have begun to build and sell aeroplanes based on their Wright Flyer.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, June 6, 2012 – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomes certification of the first light sport aeroplanes (LSA) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Julian Koster sells off 'Aeroplane' instrument to help fund Music Tapes tour.
Give me a ticket for an aeroplane.
Lightweight engineering is making its presence felt in daily life: Cars and aeroplanes manufactured using new materials are lighter than their predecessors and therefore consume significantly less fuel.
If you want to perform emergency surgery or fly a commercial aeroplane, this intrusion may be warranted to protect the public safety.
How a Grape Soda Powered the First Transcontinental Aeroplane Trip.
Friendly fires paris (aeroplane remix feat.
Surely, if you can print hammers, chocolates and aeroplane wings, you can print a correction.
Fabulous '50s, Sensational '60s, and Antique Aeroplane Show.
Aeroplane helps open U Street Music Hall, another album from Drive-By Truckers.

In science:

To this end, we run MIS-Boost on three selected classes from the dataset, “aeroplane”, “bicycle”, and “tvmonitor”.
MIS-Boost: Multiple Instance Selection Boosting
Regions gave better results (0.55 average-precision (AP))2 than the SIFT descriptors (0.38 AP) on the “aeroplane” class, so we decided to use regions.
MIS-Boost: Multiple Instance Selection Boosting
MIS-Boost yields an average-precision (AP) score of 0.55 for the “aeroplane” class.
MIS-Boost: Multiple Instance Selection Boosting
Figure 2 gives examples of true positives from the aeroplane class.
MIS-Boost: Multiple Instance Selection Boosting
COREL−2000number of prototypes automatically learned Figure 2: Example true positives from the “aeroplane” class (i.e. these images contain at least one instance of aeroplane).
MIS-Boost: Multiple Instance Selection Boosting