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 Arthur Harris, the British air force officer who led the firebombing of Dresden during World War II, laid waste to northern Iraq in 1924. Kanishk Tharoor, The New Republic, "Pankaj Mishra’s Reckoning With Liberalism’s Bloody Past," 22 Feb. 2021 But for that to happen the property needs water, and the only reasonably close source is the adjacent air force base. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "302 Fairfield housing units sit vacant. Why? Air Force won't turn the water on," 8 Feb. 2021 Parly, who also met Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced that France would join two Greek military exercises later this year, participating with Rafale jets from the French air force. Derek Gatopoulos, Star Tribune, "Greece, France sign $2.8 billion fighter jet deal," 25 Jan. 2021 Aircraft that enter an ADIZ are looked at a little more rigorously by a country’s air force and are required to file flight plans that give advance notice. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Russian and Chinese Bombers Fly a Rare Joint Mission Over the Pacific," 25 Dec. 2020 The disturbances were the result of Project Suntan, an attempt by America’s air force to build a plane fuelled with hydrogen. The Economist, "Hydrogen-powered flight Is the time now ripe for planes to run on hydrogen?," 8 Dec. 2020 The first J-20s in service to China's air force did not incorporate thrust vector controls, but China announced that their latest iteration of the fighter, the J-20B, will include the capability. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Su-57 Vs. J-20: What the Competition Tells Us About America's New Fighter," 6 Dec. 2020 The pilots describe Asadi as a talented aviator who has killed more militants than anyone else in the Afghan air force. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Legendary Afghan air force pilot in hiding after U.S. reverses decision to help him flee Taliban," 3 Dec. 2020 Soon, reinforcements swoop in, the formidable air force gnawing at the small opening of the nest to fit their outsized bodies through. Matt Simon, Wired, "Bees Paint Animal Poo on Their Homes to Repel Giant Hornets," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Air force.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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Kids Definition of air force

: the military organization of a nation for air warfare

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