air base


Definition of air base 

: a military base chiefly for the operation of aircraft

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The two island chains are at the far edge of Japanese territory where they are covered by just one—possibly an additional two with aerial refueling—air bases. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Clears Way for First Aircraft Carriers in 70 Years," 28 Nov. 2018 Britain evicted about 2,000 people from the Chagos archipelago in the 1960s and 1970s so the U.S. military could build an air base on Diego Garcia. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "UN court hears case over strategic Indian Ocean islands," 3 Sep. 2018 Some North Korean military officials who stayed after sanctions tightened moved from an air base near the capital to remote locations, including a pilot-training school in eastern Uganda, Ugandan military officers say. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Never Take Their Photos: Tracking the Commandos, North Korea’s Secret Export," 9 Dec. 2018 The military plane went down right after takeoff from an air base near the country's capital of Algiers. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things for April 12: White House, Facebook, Pope Francis, plane crash, Gulf Stream," 12 Apr. 2018 The next stage was an Israeli retaliatory strike aimed at the T-4 air base from which the drone was controlled. The Economist, "Israel and Iran square off in Syria," 15 Feb. 2018 The attack was barely over before the Defense Ministry rushed out its statement stressing that its two main installations in Syria — the air base at Hmeimim and the naval base at Tartus — had not been threatened. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "In Moscow, a Sense of Relief After a Limited Syria Attack," 14 Apr. 2018 This is another day at the office for the opportunistic Mr. Putin, who has obtained long-term leases with Syria on the naval base in Tartus and the air base at Hmeimim. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "High Stakes in Syria," 12 Apr. 2018 Sweden, Norway and Finland’s air forces conduct joint exercises nearly every week and use one another’s air bases. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "A ‘True European Army’? Dream On," 18 Nov. 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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