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

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The latter suddenly inherited a pile of aging Cold War tech, took possession of 12 MiG-29 fighters, and started its own air force. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Slovakia Becomes the Newest—and Smallest—Country to Fly the F-16," 4 Dec. 2018 His wife, more agitated than relieved, was waiting for him outside the Guatemalan air force base here. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "'What if I lose her forever?' In Guatemala, a couple fears for their child still in detention in U.S.," 10 July 2018 As Netanyahu was returning to the prime minister’s office in 2009, ThyssenKrupp ditched its longtime representative in Israel, a former air force general. Matthew Campbell,, "Benjamin Netanyahu Could Be Heading for a Fifth Term. Or to Court," 14 June 2018 The original tweet referred to an attack on Tuesday by Afghan and American air forces against Taliban insurgents who were trying to take over the city of Farah. Katie Reilly, Time, "U.S. Air Force Apologizes for Tweet Comparing Air Strikes to 'Yanny' and 'Laurel' Meme," 17 May 2018 Israeli military officials confirmed aspects of Hamas’s report, saying the air force carried out a rescue mission and that the covert operation was for gathering intelligence, not for killing or capturing adversaries. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israel, Gaza Militants Exchange Heavy Fire After Raid Goes Awry," 12 Nov. 2018 The Indonesian air force confirmed that a Hercules aircraft carrying an unspecified number of survivors was able to leave Palu for South Sulawesi’s capital of Makassar. Niniek Karmini, The Seattle Times, "Desperation everywhere, aid slow to reach Indonesia victims," 1 Oct. 2018 Russia faults Israel for the crash because Israeli air forces were, at the time, attacking a Syrian military warehouse with missiles that Iran was planning to give to the terrorist group Hezbollah. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Christine Blasey Ford is not alone," 25 Sep. 2018 Princess Margaret famously wanted to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend, a divorced air force officer and Equerry to the Queen. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the History of the Royal Family?," 7 Aug. 2018

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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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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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