aircraft carrier

noun

Definition of aircraft carrier

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

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The cruiser joins a list of other sunken ships that have been found by Mr. Allen’s team recently, including the aircraft carrier Lexington this month, the destroyer Ward late last year and the cruiser Indianapolis in August. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Wreck of the Juneau Is Found, 76 Years After 5 Brothers Perished," 22 Mar. 2018 There are three Perry-class frigates at Bremerton plus the aircraft carriers Kitty Hawk and Enterprise, and their age and cost means the carriers will absolutely not come back. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Won’t Bring Back Mothballed Ships to Boost the Fleet," 21 Feb. 2019 Prince Andrew began his long military career in 1978, learning how to fly helicopters before serving aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Get to Know Prince Andrew, the Father of Princess Eugenie and Beatrice," 13 Aug. 2018 The three astronauts, all holding the rank of Navy commander, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean only three miles from the aircraft carrier Hornet. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Alan Bean, 4th Person to Walk on the Moon, Dies at 86," 26 May 2018 The Hornet was an American aircraft carrier involved in the famous air raid on Tokyo early in the war before being scuttled during the Solomon Islands campaign. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Discover the Wreck of the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, Sunk in World War II," 12 Feb. 2019 Since Tsai started her term, China has also sent an aircraft carrier through the strait, flown military aircraft near the island and blocked Taiwan from participating with the United Nations, officials in Taipei say. Ralph Jennings, latimes.com, "China sends warning to Taiwan in the form of live-fire military drills," 18 Apr. 2018 The uncertainty about where the aircraft carriers would pop up would have sown doubt in the foe's mind that a surprise nuclear attack against the U.S. was feasible. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Could Have Had a Submarine Aircraft Carrier," 21 Nov. 2018 In 2007, a U.S. aircraft carrier sailed through the strait on its way to home port in Japan, a route Washington described then as a safety move due to weather. Ralph Jennings, latimes.com, "U.S. warships pass near Taiwan in a show of defiance to China," 8 July 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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aircraft carrier

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aircraft carrier

: a military ship that has a large deck where aircraft take off and land

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