volplane

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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