Definition of airborne in English:

airborne

adjective

  • 1Transported by air.

    ‘airborne pollutants’
    • ‘Few people know that chicken pox is an airborne disease which can easily spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs.’
    • ‘Experts said a contaminated vehicle may have spread the disease, but airborne transmission over such a distance is not unknown.’
    • ‘He was struck down with what is believed to be the airborne virus Norwalk on Tuesday tea-time, and his mother became ill a few hours later.’
    • ‘If there is a quantity of smoke or other airborne pollutant particles present, it is known as smog.’
    • ‘They are huge birds, up to a metre tall and 16 kg in weight, making them the heaviest airborne birds in the world.’
    • ‘Our major concerns are pollution of all descriptions, both airborne and noise.’
    • ‘Concerning air quality, we continue to maintain a national network to gauge airborne pollution.’
    • ‘At the moment, therefore, the virus cannot be said to be airborne, which minimises the possibility of infection.’
    • ‘The airborne virus has considerable stability in aerosol form.’
    • ‘Some reckon uncontrolled crowds pose as much a danger to the monument as airborne pollution.’
    • ‘Environmental health chiefs are still waiting for test results but early indications are that it is the airborne virus Norwalk.’
    • ‘These attach themselves to airborne pollutants such as exhaust fumes, giving them an electrical charge.’
    • ‘It is usually a very mild infection, transmitted as a moderately contagious airborne infection.’
    • ‘Visitors have been told not to bring fruit and flowers in case they transmit the airborne virus and strict visiting times are being enforced.’
    • ‘It is hoped such agreements will lead to lower levels of airborne traveling toxins.’
    • ‘An airborne hyper-powered version of influenza is far nastier, and we are not prepared for it.’
    • ‘This reduction is particularly true for airborne particles that can be measured by looking at levels of Black Smoke.’
    • ‘This applies especially along the east coast, given the possibility of airborne spread from Britain.’
    • ‘No microalgae have so far been found and the ministry is now also gathering air samples to see whether the problem is airborne.’
    • ‘However, a nasty airborne variant of influenza would be something else.’
    1. 1.1(of an aircraft) in the air after taking off.
      ‘the shuttle was airborne’
      • ‘The rain was so heavy at times that the helicopters had trouble getting airborne.’
      • ‘Mr Taylor finally got his aircraft airborne, barely clearing the clubhouse.’
      • ‘There were too few aircraft to deliver all the airborne troops in one go.’
      • ‘Four aircraft remained airborne, and we continued to push our approach minimums.’
      • ‘Seconds passed like minutes as the struggling aircraft fought to get airborne.’
      • ‘All they knew was they had less than two hours to get the aircraft airborne.’
      • ‘After the plane was airborne, the flight attendant came around for drink orders.’
      • ‘Or some that make it into their flights get sick while airborne or shortly after landing.’
      • ‘As soon as we were airborne, an obviously stressed stewardess addressed me by my first name.’
      • ‘Wing heat, on the other hand, could do damage on the ground and is only available when airborne.’
      • ‘By the time an enemy force was nearing our coastline, our fighters would be airborne and ready to fight.’
      • ‘The imaging systems are used to provide an airborne survey by aerial photography.’
      • ‘Once airborne the rear-mounted propeller pushes the craft along and the unpowered main rotor spins to give the craft lift.’
      • ‘The helicopter was airborne for only a minute when it started plunging toward the river.’
      • ‘If, you got the nose too high too soon, you could get into a position where it would not get airborne.’
      • ‘The aircraft remained airborne for a total of 24 hours, dropping 35,000 food parcels.’
      • ‘Once airborne, though, one's flight path is entirely at the whim of the wind.’
      • ‘There's a great difference between an airborne aircraft and a wreck.’
      • ‘Fortunately, none of us had any idea of the events that would transpire once airborne.’
      • ‘Davis saw it first and raced up to warn the pilot, but we were airborne in a few seconds.’

Pronunciation:

airborne

/ˈɛːbɔːn/