aircraft carrier


: a warship with a flight deck on which aircraft can be launched and landed

Examples of aircraft carrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, business opportunities have manifested, many times in gimmicky ways previously seen mainly in men’s sports (for instance, recall basketball games played on aircraft carriers). Santul Nerkar, New York Times, 31 Aug. 2023 Triton Island, a tiny island that’s part of the Paracel Islands chain, is now home to radar domes, a dock, a Chinese flag visible from space, and now an airstrip twice as long as an aircraft carrier. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 18 Aug. 2023 The Diplomat casts Russell as a career Foreign Service officer suddenly appointed as the American ambassador to the UK, just after a deadly attack on a British aircraft carrier. Time, 12 July 2023 Workers will dredge a new basin 40 feet (12.2 meters) deep, allowing large cruises ships, cargo vessels, and every U.S. military ship except aircraft carriers to dock, Port Director Joy Baker said. Mark Thiessen,, 18 June 2023 Filer flew jets off aircraft carriers and became a commercial pilot, according to KTBS-TV, a Shreveport, Louisiana, station that reported on him last year. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 14 Aug. 2023 In the two decades that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, there were at times two different American aircraft carriers patrolling the Gulf to provide fighter jets for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and later for the battle against the Islamic State group. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2023 If war should break out, the rocket force’s long-range conventional missiles could target U.S. bases and aircraft carriers in the western Pacific, while its short-range ballistic missiles could target Taiwan. Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2023 There’s also the rise of gimmicky games on aircraft carriers, airplane hangars and baseball stadiums, creating an enticing visual for TV networks that requires prying a pair of willing participants from their home venues. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aircraft carrier was in 1917

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“Aircraft carrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

aircraft carrier

: a warship with a deck from which aircraft can take off and on which they can land
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