airstrip

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

Definition of airstrip

: a runway without normal air base or airport facilities

Examples of airstrip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though skirmishes aren’t new along the frontier, the standoff at Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, where India is building a strategic road connecting the region to an airstrip close to China, has escalated in recent weeks. Time, "India Says 20 Soldiers Killed in Clash With Chinese Troops in the Himalayas," 16 June 2020 Though skirmishes aren't new along the frontier, the standoff at Ladakh's Galwan Valley, where India is building a strategic road connecting the region to an airstrip close to China, has escalated in recent weeks. Aijaz Hussain, The Christian Science Monitor, "India, China clash on Himalayan border in deadly confrontation," 16 June 2020 The spark of the recent tensions seems to have been one particular new road that the Indians have been building to reach a military airstrip at India’s northernmost border outpost, which was the site of another border standoff in 2013. New York Times, "China and India Brawl at 14,000 Feet Along the Border," 30 May 2020 A week ago Friday, 10 Delta Airlines jetliners flew into a remote desert airstrip between Phoenix and Tucson. John D'anna, azcentral, "Grounded in Arizona: Ghost flights arrive but don't leave as ailing airlines park fleets," 17 May 2020 Last year, an airstrip was bulldozed at the dictator's luxury complex to build a horse riding track. Fox News, "Kim Jong Un may be at North Korea resort compound after satellite images spot luxury boats," 30 Apr. 2020 An airstrip near the compound was overrun, and the enemy penetrated the outpost’s perimeter. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Bennie Adkins, who received Medal of Honor for Vietnam War battle, dies at 86 of coronavirus," 19 Apr. 2020 Getting Here The island's relative inaccessibility—thanks to a tiny airstrip that can't accommodate commercial jets—is part of its mystique. Kate Holstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Falling in Love With St. Barts All Over Again," 10 Apr. 2020 The airstrip is owned by the company and serves as the primary R&D and flight test center for its heavy-duty cargo aircraft. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "The World’s Largest Airplane Flies Again," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of airstrip

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airstrip was in 1911

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“Airstrip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airstrip. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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airstrip

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How to pronounce airstrip (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of airstrip

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

airstrip

noun
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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