airspace

noun

air·​space ˈer-ˌspās How to pronounce airspace (audio)
: 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

Example Sentences

seeking permission to fly through U.S. airspace
Recent Examples on the Web The ban applies to Russian aircraft and airlines, which will not be allowed to enter or use U.S. airspace by the end of Wednesday. CBS News, 2 Mar. 2022 Biden also announced the U.S. would close its airspace to Russian flights. Harold Maass, The Week, 2 Mar. 2022 The European Union, United Kingdom and Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania decided to close their airspace to all Russian airlines. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. will close its airspace to Russian aircraft at his State of the Union address. Rachel Elbaum, NBC News, 1 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, the top official in the European Union outlined plans by the 27-nation bloc to close its airspace to Russian airlines and buy weapons for Ukraine. Anchorage Daily News, 27 Feb. 2022 Also Sunday the European Union and Canada agreed to close its airspace to Russian airlines. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Feb. 2022 German officials said Saturday that the country is preparing to close its airspace to Russian planes. Emily Schultheis, ajc, 26 Feb. 2022 United Airlines, however, continues to use Russian airspace for Delhi-Chicago and Delhi-Newark flights, according to flightradar24 and Reuters. Jennifer Korn, Pete Muntean And Gregory Wallace, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of airspace was in 1911

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“Airspace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airspace. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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