air base


Definition of air base 

: a military base chiefly for the operation of aircraft

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Chad Carroll also said 158 metal transfer cases were sent to a U.S. air base near Seoul, South Korea's capital, and would be used to send the remains home. CBS News, "U.S. moves 100 coffins to inter-Korean border to prepare return of remains," 23 June 2018 The remarks came as Israel braced for Iranian retaliation for an attack last month on an Iranian drone facility at an air base in Syria. New York Times, "As Deadline on Nuclear Deal Nears, Israel and Iran Issue Warnings," 6 May 2018 Israel is believed to have conducted several previous attacks in Syria on assets belonging to Iran and its allies, and is bracing for promised Iranian retaliation for a strike on an air base in Syria last month. Isabel Kershner,, "Israeli Parliament gives war power to 2 top leaders," 2 May 2018 Israel has used those missiles repeatedly in recent years to strike Syria, most recently on Monday when missiles slammed into an air base in central Syria. David S. Cloud,, "As Trump considers military action on Syria, Pentagon worries it could put Russian soldiers in the crosshairs," 11 Apr. 2018 The raceway shares space with the airport on the site of the former Hendricks Army Airfield World War II air base. Richard Tribou,, "52 excuses to visit Florida's Highlands County," 1 July 2018 Russia, which has the longest Arctic coast of any nation and a wealth of natural resources, is building air bases in the frozen North and ice-breaking naval vessels armed with cruise missiles. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "Polar power play: Who will prevail at the rooftop of the world?," 18 May 2018 This wasn’t just another instance of the president making off-the-cuff proclamations—like in March, when Trump raised the prospect of creating a Space Force in remarks to troops at a marine air base outside San Diego. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Trump Hasn't Signed a Space Force Into Being—Yet," 18 June 2018 The sarin attack prompted a U.S. missile strike in April against a Syrian air base that Washington said was used to launch the strike. Ziad Jaber, NBC News, "Russian hand seen behind increased bombing of Syrian hospitals," 18 Feb. 2018

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1913, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of air base

: a place where military aircraft take off and land : a base of operations for military aircraft

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: a base for military aircraft

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