air force


: the military organization of a nation for air warfare
: 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 The Ukrainian air force said air defense systems destroyed 23 out of 31 drones launched by Russia overnight. Michael Dorgan, Fox News, 10 Feb. 2024 On Monday, the Brazilian air force set up a 60-bed field hospital in the Federal District in Ceilandia that was due to begin treating patients. Eléonore Hughes, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 Data from Ukraine’s air force shows that all three Iskander ballistic missiles and four Kh-22 cruise missiles fired by Russian forces evaded attempts to bring them down. Jack Guy, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 Zelensky in his speech Wednesday evening implied that Ukraine’s air force had shot down the plane, which crashed within striking range from Ukraine. Siobhán O'Grady, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 The success rate -- 35% -- for Ukraine's air defense in the latest barrage of Russian missiles fired is much lower compared to previous Russian attacks, according to previous reports from Ukraine's air force. Tom Soufi Burridge, ABC News, 8 Jan. 2024 Since the fighting began on Oct. 8, the fighting has been concentrated a few miles (kilometers) from the border but on several occasions Israel’s air force hit Hezbollah targets deeper in Lebanon. TIME, 2 Jan. 2024 But a lack of appropriate air cover has been the biggest stumbling block, Menon added, with Ukraine’s air force vastly outnumbered and overpowered by Russia’s. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 3 Dec. 2023 Qatari Foreign Ministry spokesman Majed al-Ansari said Tuesday the supplies would leave Doha, the Qatari capital, on two air force planes bound for the Egyptian city of Arish. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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air force

: the military organization of a nation for air warfare

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