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Now updated for CSW15. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.


aero (Relating to) aircraft or aeronautics.
aerobat a person who does stunt flying.
aerobatic relating to the art of performing stunts in the air.
aerobot an unmanned gas-filled craft used to conduct experiments in planetary atmospheres.
aerobrake to use a planet's atmosphere to reduce the speed of a spacecraft.
aeroduct a type of jet engine.
aerodyne a heavier-than-air aircraft (as an airplane, helicopter, or glider), as opposed to aerostat.
aerofoil a structure which gives rise to a lift force when moving through the air, eg a wing of an aircraft.
aerohydroplane a winged hydroplane or flying-boat.
aeromotor an engine for aircraft.
aeroplane a flying machine.
aeropulse a type of jet engine.
aerosat a satellite for use in air-traffic control.
aeroshell a form of parachute to enable a space vehicle to make a soft landing.
aerospike a rocket engine with a specially designed nozzle that allows the exhaust gases to expand and so to be used most efficiently.
aerostat any lighter-than-air craft eg a blimp or balloon, as opposed to an aerodyne.
aerostation ballooning.
aerotrain a train driven by an aircraft engine, riding on a cushion of air.
afterburning reheat, the use of a device to inject fuel into the hot exhaust gases of a turbojet in order to obtain increased thrust.
aileron (Fr.) a hinged flap on the trailing edge of an airplane wing that moves up or down for purposes of lateral balance.
airbase a centre for aircraft.
airborne carried on air.
airbus (Tradename) an aeroplane that provides the equivalent of a bus service.
aircoach the cheaper class of accommodation in commercial aircraft.
aircraft any machine or device capable of flying.
aircrew the crew of an aircraft.
airdrop a delivery of goods by air; (verb) to make a delivery of goods by air.
airfield an airport.
airfoil a structure which gives rise to a lift force when moving through the air, eg a wing of an aircraft.
airframe the body of an aircraft as opposed to its engine.
airfreight to transport freight by air in volume.
airlift the transportation by air of passengers, troops, cargo, etc., esp when other routes are blocked; (verb) to transport by airlift.
airline an air transportation system.
airliner a large passenger aircraft.
airlock an obstructing bubble in a pipe.
airmobile relating to a military unit whose members are transported by air. No -S.
airpark a small airport.
airplane a winged aircraft propelled by jet engines or propellers.
airport a tract of land maintained for the landing and takeoff of aircraft.
airprox a near collision between aircraft in flight.
airscrew an aircraft propeller.
airship a lighter-than-air aircraft having propulsion and steering systems.
airside that part of an airport having direct access to the apron.
airspace the portion of the atmosphere above a particular land area.
airspeed the speed of a flying creature or object.
airstop a stopping place for helicopters.
airstrip a runway.
airtram an aerial cable car.
airwise skilled in aviation.
airworthy suitable for flying.
anhedral denoting the angle at which the main planes of an aircraft are inclined downwards to the lateral axis; (noun) the downward inclination of an aircraft's wing.
athodyd a type of jet engine.
autoflare an aircraft automatic landing system.
autogiro (Spanish) a rotating wing aircraft.
autogyro (Spanish) a rotating wing aircraft.
autopilot a device which can be set to guide and control an aircraft or a ship on a chosen course.
aviate to fly mechanically.
aviatic pertaining to aviation.
aviation the act of aviating.
aviette (Hist.) an aeroplane driven by manpower, a kind of glider.
avion (Fr.) an aeroplane.
avionic of or pertaining to avionics, the science of electronic devices for aircraft.
avionics the science of electronic devices for aircraft.
backout a reversal of launching procedures.
ballonet in a balloon or dirigible, a small bag into which air is force or released.
ballute a small inflatable parachute.
battleplane a plane used in war.
biplane a plane with two wings.
birdfarm (US coll.) an aircraft carrier.
blastoff the launch of a rocket.
blimp a small nonrigid airship; a barrage balloon; (verb) to swell out.
bomber an aeroplane that carries bombs.
booster an engine that gives extra power eg on a rocket.
chandelle (Fr.) an abrupt, climbing turn of an airplane; (verb) to perform this manoeuvre.
chutist a parachutist.
coleopter an aircraft that has an annular wing with the fuselage and engine on the centre line.
combustor the system in a jet engine by which combustion takes place.
contrail a condensation trail, as left by eg a jet aeroplane.
convertaplane an aircraft that can land and take off vertically by temporarily directing its propulsive thrust downwards.
convertiplane an aircraft that can land and take off vertically by temporarily directing its propulsive thrust downwards.
convertoplane an aircraft that can land and take off vertically by temporarily directing its propulsive thrust downwards.
copter (Short for) a helicopter.
cosmodrome a launching-site for spacecraft.
cosmonaut a Russian astronaut.
cropduster an aircraft that sprays crops from the air.
cyclogiro an aircraft lifted and propelled by pivoted blades.
deceleron a type of aileron.
deplane to disembark from an aeroplane.
dirigibility the state of being dirigible.
dirigible that can be directed; (noun) a dirigible balloon or airship.
drome (Coll.) an aerodrome.
dustoff a military helicopter for evacuating the wounded.
elevon a hinged flap on the trailing edge of a delta wing, taking the place of both aileron and elevator in a conventional aircraft.
empennage (Fr.) the tail assembly of an airplane.
emplane to put or take on an aeroplane.
enplane to put or take on an aeroplane.
fanjet a type of jet engine.
fishtail to swing the tail of an aircraft or the back of a vehicle from side to side (in aircraft to reduce the landing speed).
flameout the extinction of a flame in a jet engine, causing it to lose power.
flaperon a control flap on an aircraft wing.
flattop an aircraft carrier; a modified crewcut.
flier one that flies.
floatplane a seaplane.
flyable that can be flown.
flyby a flight at low altitude to inspect something.
footbar in a plane, the bar controlled by the pilot's foot for operating the rudder.
formate to join or fly in a formation.
fuselage (Fr.) the elongated body section of an aeroplane, containing the crew and passengers or cargo.
glidepath the path followed by an aircraft coming in to land.
glider a type of aircraft.
groundprox an altitude warning system in aircraft.
groundspeed the speed of an aircraft relative to the ground.
gyrocopter an airplane balanced and supported by the aerodynamic forces acting on rapidly rotating horizontal or slightly inclined airfoils.
gyrodyne a rotorcraft in which the rotors are powered only for takeoff and landing, not for cruising flight.
gyropilot a type of automatic pilot.
gyroplane an airplane balanced and supported by the aerodynamic forces acting on rapidly rotating horizontal or slightly inclined airfoils.
hangar a large shed or building for aircraft, carriages, etc; (verb) to place in an aircraft shelter.
hedgehop of a plane, to fly at ground level.
heliborne carried by helicopter.
helibus a helicopter bus.
helicopt to convey by helicopter.
helicopter a flying machine sustained by rotating blades revolving on a vertical axis above the machine; (verb) to travel by helicopter.
helideck a landing area for a helicopter.
helidrome an airport for helicopters.
helilift to transport by helicopter.
helipad a landing pad for a helicopter.
heliport an airport for helicopters.
helistop a landing-place for a helicopter.
helo a helicopter.
hoverport a port for hovercraft.
hydroski a plate attached to a seaplane to facilitate takeoff and landings.
hypersonic flying at more than five times the speed of sound.
hypersonically (Adv.) HYPERSONIC, flying at more than five times the speed of sound.
inflight done during an air voyage.
jato a jet-assisted takeoff.
jetfoil a hydrofoil powered by a jet of water.
jetlike resembling a jet.
jetliner a type of aircraft.
jetport a type of airport.
jetway (Tradename) a mobile elevated gangway connecting an aircraft to a departure gate.
liftoff the initial movement of ascent of a rocket from its launch pad.
lightplane a small and comparatively lightweight airplane.
longeron (Fr.) the longitudinal membrane of an airplane.
microjet a light jet-propelled aircraft.
microlight a very light aircraft.
monocoque (Fr.) an aircraft structure in which the outer skin carries all or most of the torsional and bending stresses; a car structure in which the body is integral with and shares the stresses with the chassis.
monoplane an aeroplane or glider with one set of wings.
montgolfier (Fr.) a balloon using fire for propulsion.
mooncraft a lunar module.
moonship a lunar module.
moonshot the launching of a spacecraft to the moon.
moonstrike the act of landing a spacecraft on the surface of the moon.
multijet having more than two jets.
multiplane an aeroplane with more than two sets of supporting planes.
nacelle (Fr.) a structure on the wing of an airplane containing the engine.
nonsked a nonscheduled airline or cargo plane.
nosedive of a plane, to dive straight down.
nosewheel the single wheel at the front of an aircraft.
orbiter a spacecraft that orbits.
ornithopter a birdlike archaic flying machine.
orthopter a type of aircraft propelled with flapping wings.
outfly to surpass in flying.
outwing to surpass, exceed, or outstrip in flying.
overfly to fly over.
parabrake a parachute as used to slow an aeroplane.
parachute a large fabric umbrella-like canopy, used where resistance to air is needed; (verb) to descend by parachute.
parachutic relating to a parachute.
paradrop to drop by parachute.
parafoil a form of steerable parachute.
paraglide to glide through the air on a special parachute.
paraglider a glider with inflatable wings.
parawing a form of parachute.
planeside the area next to an aeroplane.
preboard to board an aircraft before other passengers.
propjet a jet aeroplane having a turbine-driven propeller.
pulsejet in jet propulsion, an intermittent jet.
pulsojet in jet propulsion, an intermittent jet.
ramjet a form of aero-engine.
rato rocket-assisted takeoff.
refly to fly again.
renversement (Fr.) an aeroplane manoeuvre consisting of a half-loop effected simultaneously with a half-turn.
resojet a pulsejet.
retrofire to cause a retro-rocket to become ignited.
retropack a system of auxiliary rockets on a spacecraft.
rigid stiff (noun) a rigid airship
rigidly (Adv.) RIGID, stiff.
rogallo a flexible fabric delta wing, orig designed as a possible satellite retrieval vehicle but actually developed in the 1960s as the first successful hang-glider.
rotaplane a rotor plane.
rotorcraft a helicopter or autogyro.
runway a landing and takeoff strip for aircraft.
sailplane a glider that can rise with an upward current; (verb) to fly using a sailplane.
sailplaner one who flies a sailplane.
scramjet a type of jet engine using compressed air.
seadrome a floating aerodrome.
seaplane an airplane designed to take off from or land on the water.
servocontrol in aircraft, a reinforcing mechanism for the pilot's effort, usually a small auxiliary aerofoil.
shockstall (Aeronautics) a loss of lift at high speed caused by the formation of shock waves.
sikorsky a kind of helicopter.
skiplane a plane that lands on skis.
skyborne airborne.
soarer a person who or thing which soars; spec. an aircraft designed for soaring, a glider.
soyuz (Russian) a Soviet spacecraft.
spacefaring voyaging in space.
spaceflight flight beyond the earth's atmosphere.
spaceplane an aircraft that can fly in space.
spaceport a place from which spacecraft are launched.
spaceship a spacecraft.
splashdown a landing in the sea eg of a spacecraft.
spyplane a plane used for surveillance flights.
stackup an arrangement of circling airplanes over an airport waiting to land.
starship a fictional spacecraft.
stolport an airport for aircraft needing comparatively short runways.
stratotanker a type of aeroplane which refuels other planes at high altitudes.
superbomber a very large bomber.
superjet a type of jet airplane.
superjumbo a very large airliner.
superplane a very large plane.
sweepback the angle at which an aircraft wing is set back relative to the axis.
sweptback of an aircraft, with sweptback wings.
sweptwing with sweptback wings; (noun) an aircraft with sweptback wings.
swingarm the part of a motorcycle chassis to which the rear wheel is attached.
swingtail as in swingtail cargo aircraft, an aircraft with tail that swings aside to give access to the full cross-section of the fuselage for rapid loading and unloading of cargo.
taikonaut a Chinese astronaut.
taileron either part of a two-piece tailplane whose two halves can operate independently or together.
tailhook a hook lowered from the tail of an aircraft to engage a braking cable.
tailplane a horizontal aerofoil on the tail of an aircraft.
tailskid a support under the tailplane of an aeroplane on the ground.
tailslide an aerobatic manoeuvre in which an aircraft that has been put into a steep climb stalls and loses height by slipping backwards.
tailspin a kind of spin in an aeroplane; (verb) to perform this.
takeoff the act of leaving the ground.
tankbuster a plane that specialises in attacking tanks.
tankbusting the use of a tankbuster, a plane that specialises in attacking tanks.
taube (Ger.) a German monoplane with recurved wings.
taxiplane an aircraft that is available for hire.
tiltrotor an aircraft with rotors that can be tilted.
towplane an aeroplane that tows gliders.
trijet an aircraft having three jet engines.
trimotor an airplane powered by three engines.
trimtab a tab or aerofoil on an aircraft that can be adjusted in mid-passage to trim the flight.
triplane a plane with three wings.
turbofan a fan connected to or driven by a turbine; spec. such a fan used to drive air around the exhaust gases of a jet engine to give additional thrust.
turbojet a type of jet engine in which the jet gases also power a turbine-driven compressor for compressing the air drawn into the engine.
turboprop a jet engine in which the turbine is coupled to a propeller.
twinjet a plane with twin jet engines.
ufo an unidentified flying object.
undercart (Coll.) an aircraft's landing-gear, the undercarriage.
vector a directed quantity; (verb) to direct an aircraft in flight to the required destination.
vertiport an airport designed for vertical takeoff and landing.
volery a place for aircraft repair.
volplane to glide through the air.
waftage transportation through water or air.
warbird a vintage military aircraft, no longer in active use.
warplane a plane used in warfare.
washin an increase in the angle of attack of an aircraft's wings towards the wingtips.
waveoff the act of denying permision to an approaching aircraft wishing to land.
whipstall of an airplane, to stall causing the nose to whip forward and down.
whirlybird (Sl.) a helicopter.
widebody having a wide fuselage; (noun) an aircraft having a wide fuselage.
wingbeat the motion of a bird's wing.
wingover a flight manoeuvre.
yaw of eg a plane, to move from right to left in a horizontal plane.
yawmeter an instrument for measuring yaw.
zeppelin (Ger.) a dirigible, cigar-shaped airship of the type designed by Count Zeppelin (c.1900).