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Topic: PLANTS

Sense: 1
Date: 1900-2000
Origin: aeroplane
Sense: 2,5
Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: planum, from planus; PLAIN1
Sense: 3
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Late Latin plana, from planare; PLANE2
Sense: 4
Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: Latin platanus

plane

1 noun
     
plane
plane1 S2 W3 [countable]
1

aircraft

TTA a vehicle that flies in the air and has wings and at least one engineCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
a plane takes off (=it goes into the air from the ground) a plane lands/touches down (=it arrives on the ground from the air) by plane a plane taxies (=it moves on the ground) get on/board a plane on a plane get off a plane catch a plane fly a plane (=be the pilot of a plane) plane crash
The plane will take off in twenty minutes.
Our plane landed at O'Hare airport in Chicago.
It's much quicker to go by plane.
The plane taxied along the runway.
Matt boarded a plane for San Diego.
She slept on the plane.
Over 40 people died in the plane crash.
2

level

a level or standard of thought, conversation etc:
The two newspapers are on completely different intellectual planes.
plane
3

tool

TZ a tool that has a flat bottom with a sharp blade in it, used for making wooden surfaces smooth
4

tree

HBP a plane tree
5

surface

technicalHM a completely flat surface in geometry
WORD FOCUS: plane WORD FOCUS: plane
similar words: airplane also aeroplane British English, aircraft

planes that carry people: passenger plane, airliner, jumbo

a military plane: warplane, bomber, fighter

people on a plane: pilot, co-pilot, captain, flight crew, cabin crew, passenger, flight attendant, steward, air hostess

the place where a plane lands or takes off: runway, the tarmac, airport, aerodrome BrE old-fashioned
plane helicopter, flight, air force, airbase
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