Definition of airstrip
: a runway without normal air base or airport facilities
Recent Examples of airstrip from the Web
A storm in 2013 eroded 50 feet of the beach overnight—including part of the road next to the airstrip, the only way out if the village should have to evacuate.
Then a congressional staffer, Speier was shot on an airstrip in Guyana while accompanying California Rep. Leo Ryan to investigate the nearby Jonestown cult.
Their musical, Come From Away, focuses on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in Gander, Newfoundland, the town that had to take care of passengers and crew of 38 planes that were diverted to Gander’s airstrip.
A new military-scale third airstrip likely would take many years to complete.
Several hundred people lined the dusty road to meet the officials at the remote airstrip, while rail-thin camels and goats roamed in the bushes.
Kufr Aqab lies at the tip of a narrow corridor jutting northward that was gerrymandered to include an old airstrip that lies within the city limits.
China has reclaimed thousands of acres of land to build artificial outposts on reefs, adding airstrips, lighthouses and port facilities to better project influence over the waterway.
A judge has blocked actor Bruce Willis’ plan to build a private airstrip in central Idaho.
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First Known Use of airstrip
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Definition of airstrip for English Language Learners
: an area of land that is used as a runway for airplanes to take off and land
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Definition of airstrip for Students
: a runway without places (as hangars) for the repair of aircraft or shelter of passengers or cargo
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