air·strip | \-ˌstrip \

Definition of airstrip 

: a runway without normal air base or airport facilities

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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 The couple wanted to build a town for pilots like themselves, with a fly-in casino, a central airstrip and backyard hangars. Kari Costas, ELLE Decor, "For $8 Million, You Can Buy The Entire Town Of Cal Nev Ari," 4 Apr. 2016 The Chinese government, which claims much of the South China Sea as its sovereign territory, has established a significant military presence in the region, installing radar facilities and airstrips on contested islands and reefs. Ben Westcott, CNN, "US plans 'steady drumbeat' of exercises in South China Sea, Mattis says," 30 May 2018 The airstrip was lined with snow berms on both sides, the airplane captain told investigators. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Man struck in head by plane during Navy training exercise in the frozen Arctic Ocean," 28 Mar. 2018 The couple took off from a private airstrip near Salcha just before 10:30 a.m. that Sunday, headed for their homestead west of McCarthy. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "NTSB: Locator beacon turned off on small plane that crashed, killing Salcha couple," 10 July 2018 During the Cold War, the prospect of war with the Soviet Union forced NATO to consider drastic measures to keep planes flying in wartime, including using stretches of the famous West German Autobahn as temporary airstrips. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch A-10 Warthogs Landing on the German Autobahn During the Cold War," 5 July 2018 Police said the 12-seat Beechcraft King Air C90 crashed on a test flight after being repaired and had taken off from Mumbai's Juhu airstrip, which is used by small planes and is some distance from the city's main airport. Rajanish Kakade, Fox News, "Private plane crashes in crowded Mumbai area; 5 people dead," 28 June 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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