Subject: Vehicles

Things to travel in.

Word Definition
aerocab n. (1908) = aircab n.
aerocar n. (1900) a small, personal flying vehicle
aircab n. (1934) a flying taxicab; cf. earlier aerocab n.
aircar n. (1871) = aerocar n.
battleship n. (1900) a military spaceship having heavy armor and powerful weapons
boat n. (1900) = spaceship n.
cityship n. (1953) a large spacecraft having the size or complexity of a city
cruiser n. (1900) a spaceship
earthship n. (1933) a spacecraft from or belonging to Earth
escape pod n. (1976) a small, minimally equipped spacecraft for emergency use; = lifeboat n.
escape ship n. (1932) = lifeboat n.; lifeship n.
ether ship n. (1883) a spaceship
ferry n. (1941) a small spacecraft used, esp. on a regular schedule, to transport passengers or cargo over a relatively short distance, as between an orbiting craft and a planet’s surface
flitter n. (1941) a small usu. short-range aircraft or spaceship
floater n. (1928) a vehicle or device powered by antigravity; (specif.) an antigravity platform that flies relatively close to the ground
flying saucer n. (1947) any of various unidentified disc- or saucer-shaped objects reported as appearing in the sky, presumed to be of extraterrestrial origin; (hence) a saucer-shaped alien spacecraft
generation ship n. (1955) an interstellar spacecraft in which multiple generations of passengers are born, live, and die before arrival at its destination
generation starship n. (1979) = generation ship n.
groundcar n. (1930) a car incapable of flight (in contrast with an aircar n.)
gyrobus n. (1933) a bus powered by a gyroscopic flywheel; (also) a flying bus
gyrocab n. (1942) a flying taxi
helicab n. (1943) a helicopter serving as a taxi
hoverboard n. (1964) a board, resembling a skateboard without wheels, which hovers above the ground using antigravity technology and may be ridden like a skateboard; cf. earlier hovercar n.
hovercar n. (1958) a car that hovers above the ground, typically conceived as using antigravity technology
jet car n. (1946) a form of aircar powered by jets
jumpship n. (1957) a spaceship that makes interstellar jumps
landspeeder n. (1977) in the fictional universe of the Star Wars franchise: a small vehicle that uses antigravity technology to hover close to the ground
lifeboat n. (1907) a small spacecraft designed for escaping from a damaged spaceship or space station; cf. lifeship n.; escape ship n.
lifeship n. (1930) an emergency spacecraft; lifeboat n.
life tube n. (1930) an escape pod having a cylindrical shape; cf. lifeboat n.
message rocket n. (1933) a (small) rocket used to carry a message
moon ship n. (1930) a spacecraft for travelling to the Moon
mother ship n. (1930) a spacecraft escorting or having charge of a number of other, usually smaller, craft; one from which other craft are launched or controlled
NAFAL adj. (1969) of space travel: at relativistic speed; of a spaceship: capable of travelling at relativistic speed
rocket-ship n. (1925) a spacecraft powered by rockets
sailship n. (1964) a spacecraft using a solar sail as its chief method of propulsion
scouter n. (1936) = scout ship n.
scout ship n. (1930) a usu. small and fast spaceship used for reconnaissance
ship n. 1 (1898) a spaceship
shuttle n. (1940) a small spacecraft used to transport passengers or cargo over a relatively short distance, as between an orbiting craft and a planet’s surface
shuttlecraft n. (1967) = shuttle n.
skimmer n. (1949) any of various small vehicles that fly relatively close to the ground, esp. by means of an anti-gravity propulsion system
sleeper ship n. (1968) a spaceship in which most or all of the passengers are in some form of suspended animation such as cold sleep in order to avoid aging during a very long voyage
space ark n. (1948) a large ship designed to move or rescue large numbers of people, often with large ecosystems and many animals and plants on board
spaceboat n. (1928) = spaceship n.; (sometimes specif.) a small spacecraft
space bus n. (1929) a spacecraft designed to ferry people (and sometimes freight) short distances
space capsule n. (1943) a small spacecraft, or self-contained section of a larger one, containing the instruments or crew for a space flight
space car n. (1928) = spacecraft n.
spacecraft n. (1929) any vehicle designed to travel in space
space cruiser n. (1925) a spaceship; = cruiser n.