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

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The problem is how to do this safely, especially in crowded, tightly controlled airspace over the US and Europe. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Drones are off-limits in the airspace in the 15-mile radius around Washington and also over places like the Hoover Dam, the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Experts Say Drones Pose a National Security Threat — and We Aren’t Ready," 31 May 2018 The Federal Aviation Administration extended a restriction on aircraft from entering the airspace up to 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) above Kilauea's summit., "'Excited And Scared': Hawaii Volcano Spews Huge Cloud of Ash," 18 May 2018 Russia, which controls the airspace over Afrin, allowed access to Turkish warplanes. Erdem Aydin, WSJ, "Turkish Forces Take Syrian City Afrin From Kurdish Militia," 18 Mar. 2018 The agency that controls our airspace was expecting only about 15,000 drones in the U.S. by 2020. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "7 Reasons DJI Won the Drone Wars," 10 Dec. 2015 And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace? Ken Thomas, The Seattle Times, "Trump takes more swipes at Canada after arrival in Singapore," 11 June 2018 And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace? Rob Gillies, Time, "White House Advisers Take Up Fight Against 'Back-Stabbing' Trudeau," 10 June 2018 The same plane had been barred from Guyanese airspace last year. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Black boxes in fiery Cuban airline crash being analyzed in Washington," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of airspace

1911, in the meaning defined above

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15 Oct 2018

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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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