air·​space | \ ˈer-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
Recent Examples on the Web She was forced to divert to Gander, Newfoundland, due to the closure of U.S. airspace. Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 The sloping roofline looks great from the exterior yet robs critical headroom from people sitting in the back—leaving only 37.3-inches of airspace. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 17 Aug. 2021 Upon its descent, the Virgin Galactic ship departed Air Traffic Control airspace and prompted the investigation, the FAA confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 3 Sep. 2021 Tours would not be able to enter park airspace until two hours after sunrise, and must be out two hours before sunset. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021 The government plans to develop a user-friendly digital sky platform with an interactive airspace map displaying green, yellow and red zones. Ramakrishnan Narayanan, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Fill the containers nearly to the top, allowing a half-inch or so of headroom for expansion but avoiding excess airspace. Susan Puckett, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 Uzbekistan claimed on Monday that around 22 planes and 24 helicopters from Afghanistan had been forced to land after entering Uzbek airspace. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 In the same statement, officials alleged that 22 Afghan warplanes and 24 military helicopters with 585 Afghan troops illegally entered Uzbekistan’s airspace and were forced to land at Termez. Agnieszka Pikulicka-welczewska, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Aug. 2021

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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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19 Sep 2021

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“Airspace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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