American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To glide toward the earth in an airplane with the engine cut off.
- v. To glide toward the earth with the engine cut off. Used of an airplane.
- v. To make one's way or go by gliding.
- n. The act or an instance of volplaning.
- n. a steep, controlled dive, especially by an aircraft with the engine off
- v. to make a volplane
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Aëronautics) To glide in a flying machine.
- French vol plané ‘gliding flight’. (Wiktionary)
- From French vol plané, gliding flight : vol, flight (from Old French, from voler, to fly; see volley) + plané, gliding, past participle of planer, to glide; see plane3. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They were to glide, or as it is called "volplane" (pronounced vol-pla-nay, with the accent on the last syllable) to the ground.”
“He found he could volplane it without engine by reaching in to grab the stick among the flames although his hand got burnt.”
“There was the aerodrome, turn off the cock and put her into a volplane.”
“He passed over high buildings, skirted what seemed like a factory district, and began to volplane.”
“Then, timing and calculating a volplane glide, he let the machine down easily to the ground.”
“Dave turned the head of the machine on a volplane sweep, and the searchlight operator could not locate it again.”
“John shut off both engines, and they began to volplane down in a great stillness, sailing like an immense hawk.”
“We could not continue, any more than the other fellow, and would have to volplane to the ground.”
“Turning again, he concluded to pass between two of the pinnacles, and immediately volplane down on the other side.”
“For as Tom shut off his motor, to volplane down, thus reducing all noise on his craft, they could dimly hear the shouts and calls for help, coming from the water craft below them.”
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