airborne

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Attested since the 1640s; air +‎ borne

Adjective[edit]

airborne (not comparable)

  1. In or carried by the air.
    Airborne pollen can aggravate allergies.
    • 2012 December 1, “An internet of airborne things”, The Economist, volume 405, number 8813, page 3 (Technology Quarterly): 
      A farmer could place an order for a new tractor part by text message and pay for it by mobile money-transfer. A supplier many miles away would then take the part to the local matternet station for airborne dispatch via drone.
  1. In flight.
  2. fitted to an aircraft; e.g. airborne radar.
  3. transported by air in an aircraft; e.g. airborne troops.

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Noun[edit]

airborne (plural airbornes or airborne)

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  1. Military infantry intended to be transported by air and delivered to the battlefield by parachute or helicopter.

References[edit]

  • airborne” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).