air base

noun

Definition of air base

: a military base chiefly for the operation of aircraft

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The new jet, part of a four-plane formation, took off from Misawa air base but then disappeared 85 miles off the Japanese mainland. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japanese F-35 Reported Missing Over the Pacific Ocean," 9 Apr. 2019 And, 158 metal transfer cases were sent to a U.S. air base near Seoul and would be used to send the remains home. Washington Post, "Mattis says US will keep current troop levels in South Korea," 28 June 2018 Most are involved in the construction of a new air base there. Lolita C. Baldor, BostonGlobe.com, "Military finds multiple failures led to deadly Niger ambush," 11 May 2018 The United States and its European allies chose three targets instead of the single air base hit last year and used twice as many weapons. New York Times, "President Trump Talked Tough. But His Strike on Syria Was Restrained.," 13 Apr. 2018 Mattis visited an air base north of Ho Chi Minh City that was heavily contaminated in the late 1960s and early 1970s by American forces through storage and spillage of the chemical defoliant Agent Orange. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "US defense secretary sees the enduring costs of Vietnam War," 16 Oct. 2018 The attack occurred during a routine security patrol on foot outside a large U.S. air base in Afghanistan. Fox News, "Attack by Taliban kills 3 Czech NATO soldiers in Afghanistan; one American wounded," 5 Aug. 2018 Haley's remarks come exactly one year after the sarin gas attack killed over 80 people in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, prompting Trump to strike a Syrian government air base with Tomahawk cruise missiles. Laura Koran, CNN, "Haley blasts Syrian regime as Trump eyes troop pullout," 4 Apr. 2018 Seven Iranian military personnel were killed on Monday in the strike on the Tiyas, or T4, air base near Homs, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Iran Threatens Israel Over Airstrike in Syria," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of air base

1913, in the meaning defined above

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air base

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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

air base

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Kids Definition of air base

: a base for military aircraft

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