American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A machine designed for flight, especially an early experimental type of aircraft.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A contrivance designed to enable its user to fly. Various machines of this nature have been constructed at different times, but none has yet been invented which can be practically useful.
- n. A machine designed to float in and propel itself through the air.
- n. Remarkably successful results have been attained both with dirigible balloons and with “heavier-than-air” machines. See air-ship, and aëroplane.
- n. obsolete aircraft (from the early days of flight)
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mil.) a torch attached to a long staff and used for signaling at night.
“It was a bird unlike any that had ever flown, and the teasing Collins could not stop himself from poking fun at the LM’s appearance: “I think you have a fine-looking flying machine there, Eagle, despite the fact that you are upside down.””
“The concept of the Hawker Hurricane had existed ever since the day when in the heavier-than-air flying machine of the Wright brothers the military men had found a new weapon.”
“He had realized from the first, of course, that the object in the gully was a flying machine of some sort; nothing else could have reached this spot without leaving traces in the surrounding forest.”
“In 1907, the Wright brothers offered patents on their newly developed flying machine to the Admiralty; Lord Tweedmouth, the First Lord, replied that airplanes “would be of no particular value to the Naval Service.””
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*sigh* I wish I had lived in the barnstorming era. In my flying days, I loved nothing more than flipping around in the air and landing in fields or on dirt runways. (^-^)
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