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formate (plural formates)
salt or ester of formic acid
Back-formation from formation.
- (aeronautics) To assemble flying aircraft into formation; to fly in formation.
- 1949, The Aeroplane, volume 76, page 699:
- Tiger Moths from the Reserve Flying Schools at Rochester and Cambridge competed with each other at formating in the gusty conditions, Rochester just winning.
- 2002 July, Richard L. Collins, “Piper Seneca V: a classic light twin..”, in Flying, page 68:
- Formating with Patty Wagstaff' s modified Baron, flown by Dale Snodgrass, was fun on a beautiful morning, though all you learn about an airplane while formating is the power response (very smooth) and the response to control pressures.
- 2003, Murray Peden, A Thousand Shall Fall: The True Story of a Canadian Bomber Pilot in World War Two, page 74:
- Actually, the leader of the formation was supposed to maintain the eagle-eyed vigil necessary to ensure that his formation kept out of harm's way, because the pilots formating on him had to keep all their attention riveted on his aircraft; but the Air Force recognized that with inexperienced pilots leading formations it was wise to splash extra lookouts around liberally.
- present adverbial passive participle of formi
- inflection of :
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