air·​space | \ -ˌspās How to pronounce airspace (audio) \

Definition of airspace

: the space lying above the earth or above a certain area of land or water especially : the space lying above a nation and coming under its jurisdiction

Examples of airspace in a Sentence

seeking permission to fly through U.S. airspace

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Though closed to passenger planes and private flyers, the airspace is open to tenants of the nearby Mojave Air and Space Port, which was certified as the country's first commercial spaceport in 2004. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rocket Man Who Wants To Beat the Billionaires," 14 Oct. 2015 Meanwhile, fighter jets are flying conspicuous patrols over both countries, aggressively defending their airspace from further incursions, with images and video being shared on social media. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Aircraft Shot Down As Crisis Between India and Pakistan Escalates," 27 Feb. 2019 Malaysian officials have said these landings would encroach on its airspace and stop parts of an industrial town from having tall buildings or even mobile cranes. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Singapore, Malaysia move to cool airspace and sea disputes," 8 Jan. 2019 What’s the legality of flying balloons into a different nation's airspace? Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 While there aren’t many people directly threatened by Alaskan volcanoes, there are a lot of planes that cross through Alaskan airspace. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Volcanologists just ranked the most threatening volcanoes in the United States," 26 Oct. 2018 At no time during the incident did the Russian bombers enter North American sovereign airspace, Hennessy said. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near western coast of Alaska," 12 May 2018 That attack came after the shooting down of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet by Syrian forces, and the infiltration of Israeli airspace by what the IDF said was an Iranian drone. Barbara Starr, CNN, "US steps up surveillance of Iranian assets in Syria over concerns of strike against Israel," 26 Apr. 2018 But with the breach of Israeli airspace by perennial foe Iran, Israel was forced to respond, launching an airstrike on Syrian and Iranian military positions. Ian Bremmer, Time, "These 5 Proxy Battles Are Making Syria's Civil War Increasingly Complicated," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of airspace

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airspace was in 1911

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English Language Learners Definition of airspace

: the space that is above a country and that is legally controlled by that country

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