from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To glide toward the earth in an airplane with the engine cut off.
- intransitive v. To glide toward the earth with the engine cut off. Used of an airplane.
- intransitive v. To make one's way or go by gliding.
- n. The act or an instance of volplaning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a steep, controlled dive, especially by an aircraft with the engine off
- v. to make a volplane
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To glide in a flying machine.
From 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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French vol plané ‘gliding flight’. (Wiktionary)