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Flight: Glossary

A

aeronautics
the science of dealing with the building and flying of aircraft
air currents
heat rising from the surface of the earth causes air to move; sometimes forming rivers of air and wind
analyzed
to study carefully
anatomy
the study or science of the structure of plants and animals

B

bamboo
a woody tropical grass
blimps
a small dirigible

C

commercial planes
airplanes used for making income such as a plane for carrying passengers or cargo

D

dirigible
an early aircraft — its name comes from a Latin word meaning to be able to be directed or steered

G

glider
an aircraft which typically is not powered but instead glides on the air
gliding flight
flight by heavier-than-air animals or machines without the use of self- or engine-powered thrust

I

intercontinental
between or among continents

O

outcomes
the end result

P

processes
a series of actions
properties
in science - the way something is described - such as its size, color, shape or weight

S

structures
something built or constructed

T

technically
of or pertaining to a specific topic
theories
ideas
thermals
heated air that rises off the earth - birds will ride these columns of air
true flight
sustained, self- or engine-powered motion through the air

U

updrafts
see thermals

Z

zeppelin
a large dirigible
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