from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The process of spraying crops with powdered insecticides or fungicides from an airplane.
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- n. The application of fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides onto crops from an aircraft
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- n. the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft)
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Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta got its start as a crop-dusting operation in the deep South.
And the 9/11 hijackers had looked into purchasing crop-dusting planes in the States that they believed might be suitable for dispersing chemical or biological agents.
Stuart Speiser 1923-2010 Attorney Stuart Speiser was a onetime crop-dusting pilot who helped establish the field of aviation tort law by litigating some of the deadliest crashes in history.
Famous, mostly for doing something marvelous and strange, like flying around the world in a two-seater plane with a blind pilot, crop-dusting various developing nations with rations of dented canned goods and deodorant—a sign that he had been listening to me the whole time.
"They are crop-dusting," they said, almost glibly.
Pilots are drawn to crop-dusting not only for the money, but also for the chance to be their own bosses and to do the kind of low-altitude flying and stuntlike maneuvers one wouldn't dream of performing in a big jet.
Jonathan Welsh/The Wall Street Journal Dusty Dowd, in one of his crop-dusting planes The torture is worthwhile because "aerial application" -- the name many pilots prefer to "crop-dusting" -- is a hot field, thanks in part to the recent farming boom.
-- In a tough job market for the aviation industry, demand for one niche is booming: crop-dusting.
It started as a tiny aerial crop-dusting company formed to wipe out the dreaded boll weevil.
In 1953, after having earned its wings at crop-dusting, the airline pulled off what was then considered one of the most important deals since the beginning of airline transportation: it acquired Chicago and Southern Air Lines, adding routes to the Midwest and Caribbean.