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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Estonia's military said the Il-76 plane spent less than a minute in the Baltic country's airspace Monday. Fox News, "Estonia says Russian plane violates airspace," 12 Mar. 2018 And any American attack on Syrian military assets also presents the possibility of conflict with Russia, which retains a significant footprint in Syria and was recently reported to be jamming U.S. drones operating in Syrian airspace. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "There’s no victory for Trump in Syria, but he could court disaster," 11 Apr. 2018 Aviation regulators in Europe and the U.S. have previously warned airlines against entering Syrian airspace, according to Reuters. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Airlines warned about 'possible' military action against Syria," 11 Apr. 2018 While most details of these missions monitoring Syrian airspace are classified, NBC News received rare access on board the aircraft during a recent eight-hour mission. NBC News, "NATO's AWACS give U.S. eyes in the sky over Syria," 25 Mar. 2018 There may be a newsy angle too: Statues of Marvel and DC heroes in the same airspace. Dewayne Bevil,, "Orlando Science Center: 'Hall of Heroes' sandwiches in education, nostalgia," 1 June 2018 Making sure that the correct number of tankers are in the correct airspace is a massive logistical challenge. Hiawatha Bray,, "Air Force lab takes aim at Han Solo’s record," 11 May 2018 While no aircraft in American airspace has ever been brought down (much less forced to make an emergency landing), there has been a concerted effort to identify and crack down on those carrying out such strikes. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man who hit cops with laser, then crashed as he fled, ordered to prison," 9 May 2018 So far, regulations for establishing the safe handling of a drone in low-altitude airspace—below about 150 meters—and beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) restrict the use of this technology in agriculture. Scientific American, "Agriculture’s Improving Image," 7 May 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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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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