air·​pow·​er ˈer-ˌpau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce airpower (audio)
: the military strength of a nation's air force

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The best use of Pact airpower was not to bomb NATO troops, but simply to act as a sponge – or a punching bag – for NATO aircraft. Michael Peck, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 Large drones are easy enough to acquire or build that Ukrainian forces are not waiting for the military procurement process to deliver, but are assembling their own airpower on the spot. David Hambling, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 That situation only became more desperate for Germany as Allied airpower bombed factories and disrupted supply lines. Jeremy Hsu, Discover Magazine, 16 Oct. 2014 By taking Saudi airpower off the table, the Biden administration and U.S. Congress can go a long way toward bringing the conflict to an end and restoring Yemenis’ right to self-determination. Gunar Olsen, The New Republic, 23 Dec. 2022 But these powers did nothing in response to that Iranian airstrike, likely not wanting to deviate from their singular stated objective of defending the Iraqi Kurds against Saddam’s airpower. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 During the 1920s and 30s, airplanes and airships vied for aerial supremacy, but after World War II, the victor was clear: planes were the future of airpower. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2022 Adding a squadron of about 18-24 aircraft F-35s to this formidable fleet by the end of the decade could drastically alter the balance of airpower over the Aegean Sea in an unprecedented way. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Denying Turkey effective usage of its clear advantage in drone power will help Greece consolidate its emergent advantage in airpower in any future confrontation. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 3 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airpower was in 1908

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Cite this Entry

“Airpower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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