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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 Saudi Arabia has quietly acquiesced to the UAE deal, opening its airspace to commercial flights between Israel and the Emirates. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Trump's Mideast deals tout 'peace' where there was never war," 14 Sep. 2020 Wagner has also declared no-fly zones over international waters and international airspace, demonstrating a desire to stake out control of wide swaths of territory. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Russia and Turkey employ thousands of Syrian mercenaries to fight in Libya," 12 Sep. 2020 Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, had already dropped a prohibition on Israeli flights using its airspace. Matthew Lee, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bahrain normalizes ties with Israel in diplomatic win for Trump," 11 Sep. 2020 Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, had already dropped a prohibition on Israeli flights using its airspace. Matthew Lee, Anchorage Daily News, "Bahrain to join Emirates in recognizing Israel," 11 Sep. 2020 Bahrain, along with Saudi Arabia, had already dropped a prohibition on Israeli flights using its airspace. Arkansas Online, "Bahrain becomes latest Arab nation to recognize Israel," 11 Sep. 2020 Although no other Middle Eastern nation has confirmed additional diplomatic ties with Israel, Saudi Arabia granted permission to the plane carrying Kushner and the Israeli delegation, to use its airspace, according to Reuters. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "Kushner pushes other Arab nations to follow UAE footsteps," 2 Sep. 2020 Flights will no longer have to go down the Red Sea and up the Gulf of Aden to avoid Saudi airspace, which tacked hours and big expenses onto long-haul flights. Ivan Levingston,, "Saudi Arabia Breaks 72-Year Taboo With Green Light to Israeli Flights," 2 Sep. 2020 El Al Flight 971 flew from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, crossing Saudi airspace in the process. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Israel and U.A.E. Are No Match as They Fly Friendly Skies," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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18 Sep 2020

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“Airspace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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