airspace

noun
air·​space | \-ˌspās \

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

Recent Examples on the Web

But for Saudi Arabia, the relationship is also about security: defending its airspace, boundaries, and waters. Alex Ward, Vox, "Why the US won’t break up with Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi’s murder," 20 Nov. 2018 Upon entering our airspace, cosmic rays first obliterate some hapless molecule in Earth’s atmosphere. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 In February, Israel shot down an Iranian drone that entered its airspace, triggering a clash in which an Israeli warplane crashed after being struck by Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Sarah El Deeb, chicagotribune.com, "Iran and Israel are shooting at each other in Syria. Why?," 12 May 2018 In February, Israel shot down an Iranian drone that entered its airspace, triggering a clash in which an Israeli warplane crashed after being struck by Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Sarah El Deeb, Fox News, "AP Explains: Unprecedented tension between Iran and Israel," 11 May 2018 Last weekend's showdown began with Israel shooting down an Iranian reconnaissance drone that Israel claimed had entered its airspace. Bill Neely, NBC News, "Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif: Israel ‘will see the response’ if they act against Iran," 18 Feb. 2018 Here’s a video of the system in action: The S-300 system will make Israeli intrusions into Syrian airspace more difficult. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Syria Accidentally Shot Down a Russian Plane. Now Russia Is Giving Syria Better Missiles.," 27 Sep. 2018 Israel is frequently sending planes into Syrian airspace to slow Iran’s relentless efforts to establish a military presence. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Putin’s Missiles for Syria," 24 Sep. 2018 That means the Tornadoes will not have been required to fly far, and would not have needed to crossed into Syrian airspace to launch their strikes. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Weapons the US, UK and France used to target Syria," 14 Apr. 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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airspace

noun

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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