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

Moonbird previously was blocked from Maltese airspace last year. Colleen Barry,, "Humanitarian search flights grounded by Italy," 27 Aug. 2019 In June, President Trump nearly engaged in a military strike against Iran, after a U.S. drone was shot down in Iranian airspace. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "U.S. slaps sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as tensions rise," 1 Aug. 2019 The warplanes fired missiles from Lebanese airspace, according to SANA, the official Syrian news agency, which reported that a baby was among four civilians who were killed. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israel Is Blamed for Deadly Missile Strikes in Syria," 1 July 2019 The Chinese authority’s order could threaten not only Cathay’s direct flights to China but also those to Europe and the U.S. because those routes fly over Chinese airspace, Jefferies Hong Kong Ltd. analyst Andrew Lee wrote in a note to clients. Angus Whitley, Fortune, "Cathay Pacific Share Price Plunges After China Slams Its Hong Kong Protest Ties," 12 Aug. 2019 Japan, which claims ownership over the islets, protested to South Korea for firing warning shots over Japanese airspace. Fox News, "Russia confirms joint air patrol with China after South Korea claims airspace violation," 24 July 2019 Iran said the drone entered the country's territory, while the United States said the incident happened over international airspace. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "The S&P 500 is on track for its best June since 1955," 28 June 2019 Iran said the drone was over Iranian airspace and crashed in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airlines Avoid Persian Gulf After Downed Drone," 21 June 2019 Iran claims that the drone was over Iranian airspace when the shootdown took place. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Closer Look at the MQ-4 Triton, the Recon Drone Iran Just Shot Down," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of airspace

1911, in the meaning defined above

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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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