Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Aircraft

aeroplane

noun

an airplane

Airbus

a type of airplane that can carry a large number of passengers

aircraft

noun

an airplane, helicopter, or other vehicle that flies

Air Force One

the name given to a U.S. air force plane when the president flies on it

airliner

noun

a large aircraft for passengers

airplane

noun

an aircraft with wings and at least one engine

airship

noun

an aircraft without wings that is filled with gas and has an engine

B-52

noun

a large U.S. bomber (=military airplane that drops bombs)

balloon

noun

a large strong bag filled with gas or hot air that can float in the air. Some balloons have a large basket hanging under them in which people can travel.

biplane

noun

an old-fashioned type of airplane with two sets of wings

blimp

noun

a type of airship

bomber

noun

a large military airplane that drops bombs

bowser

noun

a small tanker for fuel or water

chopper

noun

a helicopter

copter

noun

a helicopter

craft

noun

an aircraft or space vehicle

dirigible

noun

an aircraft like a large balloon (=a bag filled with gas) with an engine

dive-bomber

noun

a military aircraft that can fly low in order to drop bombs

drone

noun

an aircraft that does not have a pilot but is controlled from the ground

fighter

noun

a military airplane that is designed for battles with other airplanes

freighter

noun

a large ship or airplane that carries goods

glider

noun

a light airplane with no engine that people fly in for pleasure

gunship

noun

a military helicopter that has guns attached to it

gyrocopter

noun

a type of small aircraft for one person that looks like a small helicopter

hang glider

noun

a simple aircraft with no engine that you hang under and control by moving your body

helicopter

noun

an aircraft with large metal blades on top that spin and lift it into the air

hot-air balloon

noun

an extremely large bag full of hot air, with a basket attached that people can ride through the air in

interceptor

noun

a small fast military aircraft that is designed to stop enemy aircraft from attacking

jet

noun

an airplane that can fly very fast and gets its power from a jet engine

jumbo jet

noun

a large airplane for a lot of passengers. A jumbo jet is often simply called a jumbo.

jump jet

noun

an airplane that can move up or down in a straight line when it leaves the ground or lands

light aircraft

noun

a very small airplane

microlight

noun

a very small airplane for one or two people

monoplane

noun

an airplane with a single wing on each side

plane

noun

an aircraft with wings and at least one engine

seaplane

noun

an aircraft that can take off from water and land on water

stealth bomber

noun

a military aircraft that cannot be noticed by radar

UAV

noun

unmanned aerial vehicle: an aircraft that does not have a human pilot

tanker

noun

a large ship, truck, or airplane that carries gas or oil

transporter

noun

a vehicle or aircraft used for carrying large things such as military equipment or other vehicles

transport plane

noun

an aircraft for carrying soldiers and military equipment

twin-engined

adjective

a twin-engined plane has two engines

zeppelin

noun

an old-fashioned type of airship

Open Dictionary

garbage patch

a collection of debris, mostly consisting of plastic, which moves around in the sea …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog