air force

noun

Definition of air force 

1 : the military organization of a nation for air warfare

2 : a unit of the U.S. Air Force higher than a division and lower than a command

Examples of air force in a Sentence

the combined allied air forces

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But Israel and Russia have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict. Zeina Karam And Aron Heller, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Most serious' military conflict between Iran, Israel breaks out in Syria," 10 May 2018 New Zealand scrapped its combat air force about 15 years ago to save money. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "New Zealand Buys Boeing Surveillance Jets to Counter Chinese Buildup," 9 July 2018 For several years, Israel and Russia have maintained a special hotline to prevent their air forces from clashing in the skies over Syria. Washington Post, "Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria," 5 July 2018 But Israel and Russia have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict. Zeina Karam And Aron Heller, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Most serious' military conflict between Iran, Israel breaks out in Syria," 10 May 2018 But Israel and Russia have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict. Josef Federman, BostonGlobe.com, "Israel accuses Iranian forces of rocket attack on Golan," 9 May 2018 But Israel and Russia have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict. Josef Federman, USA TODAY, "Israel strikes 'dozens' of Iranian targets after alleged rocket barrage on Golan Heights," 9 May 2018 Russia has a presence on most Syrian military bases, and its air force has been essential to Mr. Assad’s recent advances. Helene Cooper And Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Pentagon Says Syria Strikes Hit ‘Heart’ of Chemical Weapons Program," 14 Apr. 2018 Their father Ed was a physicist at the Wright Patterson air force base; their mother, Ann, was a teacher. Lizzy Goodman, The Cut, "Kim Deal Is Still a Punk," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of air force

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of air force was in 1911

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air force

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English Language Learners Definition of air force

: the part of a country's military forces that fights with airplanes

air force

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: the military organization of a nation for air warfare

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