Definition of Lighter-than-air

1. Adjective. Relating to a balloon or other aircraft that flies because it weighs less than the air it displaces.

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Literary usage of Lighter-than-air

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1. Chemistry by Henry Enfield Roscoe (1873)
"Hydrogen burns and is lighter than air. EXPERIMENT 16.—Take one of the bottles full of hydrogen ... This is because hydrogen is much lighter than air. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"Balloon, a form of aircraft comprising a gas bag and » car, whose sustentation depends on the buoyancy of the contained gas, which is lighter than air. of a ..."

3. Chemistry by Henry Enfield Roscoe (1876)
"Hydrogen burns and is lighter than air. EXPERIMENT 16.—Take one of the bottles full of hydrogen and ... This is because hydrogen is much lighter than air. ..."

4. Manual of Military Aviation by Hollis Leroy Müller (1917)
"lighter-than-air craft are divided into common balloons, kite (or station) balloons, ... The practice of denoting all gas bags as lighter-than-air craft ..."

5. ABC of Aviation: A Complete, Practical Treatise Outlining Clearly the by Victor Wilfred Pagé (1918)
"THE reason why aircraft of the lighter-than-air type leave the ground is a ... It is known that there are a number of gases which are lighter than air, eg, ..."

6. Vehicles of the Air: A Popular Exposition of Modern Aeronautics with Working by Victor Lougheed (1909)
"Since the essential feature of lighter-than-air craft is their ability to float in the air much as a vessel floats in the water, and since the only ..."

7. Vehicles of the Air: A Popular Exposition of Modern Aeronautics with Working by Victor Lougheed (1910)
"Since the essential feature of lighter-than-air craft is their ability to float in the air much as a vessel floats in the water, and since the only ..."

8. Manual of Military Aviation by Hollis Leroy Müller (1917)
"lighter-than-air craft are divided into common balloons, kite (or station) ... The practice of denoting all gas bags as lighter-than-air craft may lead to ..."

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