air·​strip | \-ˌstrip \

Definition of airstrip 

: a runway without normal air base or airport facilities

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Her stilettos were leopard print, her skirt leather, her coat suede, in a warm ocher color that would have blended nicely with the red-earth airstrips of the African bush. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Gave Us All a Valuable Lesson in How Not to Dress in Africa," 9 Oct. 2018 China has sought to strengthen its claim to the South China Sea by building seven islands on reefs and equipping them with military facilities such as airstrips, radar domes and missile systems. Fox News, "China criticizes US B-52 bomber missions as 'provocative'," 27 Sep. 2018 But the proposal for seismic work included two 150-strong teams of workers, airstrips, giant sleds, and explosives to search for and map underground oil or natural gas reserves. Anchorage Daily News, "Companies’ first step in drilling for oil in ANWR draws scathing federal response," 31 May 2018 Ruth Nichols’s attempt at a solo flight across the Atlantic ended in a crash at her first refueling stop, a New Brunswick airstrip. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Fly Girls’ Review: Freedom of the Air," 9 Aug. 2018 Field carrier practice landings at an airstrip near Coupeville would jump nearly fourfold under a preferred option announced this week for a planned expansion of the EA-18G Growler squadrons based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Navy releases plan for increased Growler aircraft training on Whidbey Island," 27 June 2018 The light attack experiment aircraft is meant to be affordable, capable of both attack and reconnaissance missions, and able to operate from short, dusty airstrips in the middle of nowhere. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Light Attack Plane Crash Kills One Pilot, Injures Another," 27 June 2018 This careful planning was one reason five airstrips were completed a few days after D-Day. Popular Mechanics, "How the D-Day Invasion Was Planned," 6 June 2017 There, witch doctors pronounced that building new airstrips and bamboo headphones would make the supply-laden airplanes reappear. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—Would You Buy Cybersecurity From a Witch Doctor?," 19 May 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 \

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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