air force


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
Recent Examples on the Web Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi reviewed the fighting units of the country's air force on Saturday morning. NBC News, "Egypt calls for U.N. intervention after talks stall on Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam," 20 June 2020 In 2018 the air force began developing the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) as a network that can connect and translate among these disparate technologies. Eric Tegler, Scientific American, "Famed U-2 Spy Plane Takes on a New Surveillance Mission," 10 June 2020 Riyadh, meanwhile, has continued to back and fund tribal militias and its air force has had a punishing effect on the ground. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Experts fear Yemen could suffer one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks," 4 June 2020 The network of doctors and support staff will be deployed with the help of more than 100 mobile units in cars and speed boats, and backed by the coast guard, air force, and civil authorities. USA TODAY, "Despite risks, Greek islands keen to reopen to tourists," 14 June 2020 Pilots from the air force’s Ninth Reconnaissance Wing, who fly the U-2s, are eager for the first round of updates. Eric Tegler, Scientific American, "Famed U-2 Spy Plane Takes on a New Surveillance Mission," 10 June 2020 At least two of the Russian air force Tu-154 involved have been used to transport Wagner contractors on other missions in Africa. Tim Lister, Sam Kiley And Sebastian Shukla, CNN, "Russia raises stakes with 'brazen' military intervention in Libyan conflict," 9 June 2020 On June 1st American military jets helped the country to celebrate by streaking across the sky, while three propeller planes from Slovenia’s air force puttered along too. The Economist, "Barbarians at the gates Slovenia’s prime minister hunts for enemies," 6 June 2020 Afghan air forces bombed Taliban positions after the attack, forcing the insurgents to retreat from the area. Fahim Abed, New York Times, "Afghan War Casualty Report: May 2020," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of air force

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jun 2020

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“Air force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of air force

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

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: the military organization of a nation for air warfare

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