to glide down in or as in an airplane with the engine cut off
Origin of volplaneFrench vol plané ; from vol, flight ; from voler, to fly (; from Classical Latin volare) + plané, past participle of planer, to glide: see plane
such a glide
intransitive verbvol·planed, vol·plan·ing, vol·planes
- a. To glide toward the earth in an airplane with the engine cut off.b. To glide toward the earth with the engine cut off. Used of an airplane.
- To make one's way or go by gliding.
The act or an instance of volplaning.
Origin of volplaneFrom French vol plané, gliding flight : vol, flight (from Old French, from voler, to fly; see volley) + plané, gliding, past participle of planer, to glide; see plane3.
- a steep, controlled dive, especially by an aircraft with the engine off
(third-person singular simple present volplanes, present participle volplaning, simple past and past participle volplaned)
- to make a volplane
French vol planÃ© "˜gliding flight'.