airborne


airborne

adjective

  1. carried by the air, as pollen or dust.
  2. in flight; aloft: The plane was airborne by six o’clock.
  3. Military. (of ground forces) carried in airplanes or gliders: airborne infantry.
  4. Aeronautics. (of an aircraft) supported entirely by the atmosphere; flying.

adjective

  1. conveyed by or through the air
  2. (of aircraft) flying; in the air
adj.

1640s, “carried through the air,” from air (n.1) + borne. Of military units, from 1937.

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