from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • abbreviation unmanned aerial vehicle

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  • initialism aviation Unmanned aerial vehicle; an unpiloted aircraft capable of controlled, sustained, level flight.


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  • Unmanned aerial vehicle(s). Usage:

    "At least 40 other countries--from Belarus and Georgia to India, Pakistan and Russia--have begun to build, buy, and deploy unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, showcasing their efforts at international weapons expos.... In the last six months alone, Iran has begun production on a pair of weapons-ready surveillance drones, while China has debuted the Pterodactyl and Sour Dragon, rivals to America's Predator and Global Hawk."

    —P.W. Singer, "Defending Against Drones," Newsweek, March 8, 2010, p. 38

    March 12, 2010

  • Uav. That's not exactly "uav," is it?

    March 17, 2010

  • Also remotely piloted vehicle, or RPV.

    May 2, 2010