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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [air-bawrn, -bohrn]
    • /ˈɛərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn/
    • /ˈeə.bɔːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [air-bawrn, -bohrn]
    • /ˈɛərˌbɔrn, -ˌboʊrn/

Definitions of airborne word

  • adjective airborne If an aircraft is airborne, it is in the air and flying. 3
  • adjective airborne Airborne troops use parachutes to get into enemy territory. 3
  • adjective airborne Airborne means in the air or carried in the air. 3
  • adjective airborne conveyed by or through the air 3
  • adjective airborne (of aircraft) flying; in the air 3
  • adjective airborne carried by or through the air 3

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Origin of airborne

First appearance:

before 1635
One of the 43% oldest English words
First recorded in 1635-45; air1 + borne1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Airborne


airborne popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 91% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

airborne usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for airborne

adj airborne

  • floating — being buoyed up on water or other liquid.
  • aerial — You talk about aerial attacks and aerial photographs to indicate that people or things on the ground are attacked or photographed by people in aeroplanes.
  • soaring — an act or instance of soaring.
  • mobile — capable of moving or being moved readily.
  • fleet — an arm of the sea; inlet.

adverb airborne

  • aloft — Something that is aloft is in the air or off the ground.
  • in the air — a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases that surrounds the earth and forms its atmosphere.

adjective airborne

  • flying — making flight or passing through the air; that flies: a flying insect; an unidentified flying object.
  • midair — any point in the air not contiguous with the earth or other solid surface: to catch a ball in midair.
  • in-flight — done, served, or shown during an air voyage: an in-flight movie.
  • on high — having a great or considerable extent or reach upward or vertically; lofty; tall: a high wall.
  • winged — having wings.

Antonyms for airborne

adj airborne

  • slow — moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train.
  • ground — the act of grinding.
  • grounded — the solid surface of the earth; firm or dry land: to fall to the ground.

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