air·​strip | \ -ˌstrip How to pronounce airstrip (audio) \

Definition of airstrip

: a runway without normal air base or airport facilities

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When considering current tensions in the South China Sea, where China has built airstrips, the Battle of Saipan offers important lessons that should not be ignored. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Losing one island cost Japan a war. That's a warning for the South China Sea," 5 July 2019 Some of those sites are now equipped with airstrips, radar and missile stations, expanding China’s ability to monitor and potentially control activity by other militaries in the region. Washington Post, "Warship shows Japan’s determination to expand military role," 3 July 2019 Officials say erosion now threatens Quinhagak’s airstrip, water treatment plant, and water and sewer system. USA TODAY, "Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2019 While Europe might have better deals, the U.S. has fully functional spaces with airstrips, inns, and wellness communities. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Tired of Your One-Bedroom? You Can Own This Entire Town For Less Than A U.S. Home," 17 May 2019 The vertical takeoff and landing nature of the F-35B also means the Marines can fly their jets off the lightning carrier, land them at primitive airstrips on shore, and disperse them in the vicinity of the enemy--something regular carriers can’t do. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy and Marines Are Deploying a 'Lightning Carrier' to the Pacific," 2 May 2019 The location of these airstrips was selected months in advance from aerial photos. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2019 Photo: Damian Dovarganes/ASSOCIATED PRESS The Colombian, Juan Carlos Ramírez Abadía, flew his first drug shipment to Mr. Guzmán on five planes that landed at a clandestine airstrip in Sinaloa, Mexico. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "What El Chapo’s Trial Revealed: The Inner Workings of a $14 Billion Drug Empire," 12 Feb. 2019 Dirt airstrips that once welcomed nearly 100 tourists a week in Kamarata are now used by charter operators to haul out gold. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of airstrip

1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of airstrip

: an area of land that is used as a runway for airplanes to take off and land


air·​strip | \ ˈer-ˌstrip How to pronounce airstrip (audio) \

Kids Definition of airstrip

: a runway without places (as hangars) for the repair of aircraft or shelter of passengers or cargo

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