Subject: Vehicles

Things to travel in.

Word Definition
aerocar n. (1900) a small, personal flying vehicle
aircab n. (1934) a flying taxicab
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.
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. (1935) a vehicle or platform that is powered by antigravity, esp. one that flies relatively close to the ground
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 n. 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. (1934) a small spaceship designed for escaping from a damaged spaceship or space station; cf. lifeship n. and earlier escape ship n.
lifeship n. (1940) an emergency spaceship; 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. (1931) = 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.
space dinghy n. (1941) a small spaceship; a lifeboat or shuttle
space flyer n. 1 (1911) a spacecraft
space freighter n. (1930) a spaceship primarily used for transporting cargo
space liner n. (1931) a large and esp. luxurious spaceship which regularly carries passengers