Definition of airborne in English:



  • 1Transported by air.

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