volplane

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French vol plané ‘gliding flight’.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

volplane (plural volplanes)

  1. a steep, controlled dive, especially by an aircraft with the engine off

Verb[edit]

volplane (third-person singular simple present volplanes, present participle volplaning, simple past and past participle volplaned)

  1. to make a volplane
    • 1973: Curtains of vapor drift back to reveal the Americans, volplaning along well inside ten meters and only a little faster than the balloon. — Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow