Vocabulary Development-Transportation

Air Transportation Taxiing: The process of a plane moving slowly along the ground before commencing its forward run for takeoff. Runway: A wide path from which aircraft take off and land. Tarmac: The surface of a road or runway at an airport. For example, the plane was waiting on the tarmac. Flight Attendant: A professional […]

Air Transportation

Taxiing: The process of a plane moving slowly along the ground before commencing its forward run for takeoff.

Runway: A wide path from which aircraft take off and land.

Tarmac: The surface of a road or runway at an airport. For example, the plane was waiting on the tarmac.

Flight Attendant: A professional who looks after passengers in an aircraft.

Flight: A journey in an aircraft.

Airborne: In the air. If a plane is airborne, it is flying.

Radar: A method of showing the direction and distance of a plane using radio waves.

Touchdown: The moment when a plane lands.

Hangar: A structure where aircraft are housed.

Control Tower: A facility where air traffic controllers sit and direct plane traffic.

Cockpit: The compartment in which the pilot of an airplane sits.

 

Sea Transportation

Maritime

Mast: A long pole set upright on a ship to support the sail or flag.

International Waters: Waters beyond a country’s water territory. It is called waters, not water.

Berth: A place in a port where a ship can be moored.

Boatyard: A facility where boats are built, repaired, or secured by rope.

Harbor: A place of shelter for ships.

Quayside: The side or edge of a quay.

Ocean Liner: A ship used to carry passengers and some cargo across the ocean.

Cruise Ship: A type of ship used for adventurous travel.

Cabin: A private room on a ship.

Yacht: A boat or small ship, usually with sails, often with an engine, built and used for racing or cruising.

Ro-Ro Ship: Used to convey cars into the country, with the ship having open areas for various cars to be driven out.

Dredging: Clearing or deepening a river or body of water.

Dock: A platform built on the shore (wharf).

Coast: Land along the sea.

Crew: A group of people who work or operate on a ship.

Captain: The commander of a ship.

Offshore: In or on the sea, not far from the coast. The opposite is “onshore.”

Flag: The flag of a country mounted on a ship with which it sails.

Anchor: Something, usually a heavy piece of metal with points that dig into the seabed, used to hold a boat or ship in place.

 

Rail

Coach: A passenger railway train.

Freight: Goods or cargo.

Locomotive: An engine that moves from place to place using its own power, especially used to pull railway trains.

Railway Yard: A place where trains are parked or maintained.

Commuter Trains: Trains that carry passengers between large cities and the surrounding suburbs.

Freight Service: A service that involves the transportation of goods from one place to another.

Rail Tracks: Tracks on which a train moves.

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