air·​strip ˈer-ˌstrip How to pronounce airstrip (audio)
: a runway without normal air base or airport facilities

Examples of airstrip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those restrictions have since been lifted, and commercial flights are slowly resuming from a smaller airstrip near the capital, Noumea, though the territory’s main airport remains closed. Pete McKenzie, New York Times, 7 June 2024 In early March, according to Ukrainian defense sources, Ukrainian soldiers made a devastating night raid on the airstrip, destroying a fleet of 30 Russian military helicopters. Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs, 14 June 2022 Kennedy’s unit, a team of engineering specialists trained to deploy on short notice and build infrastructure like roads and airstrips, had arrived in Jordan shortly after the war between Israel and Hamas began in October. Kenny Holston, New York Times, 27 May 2024 Steel walls went up in places where the line once featured stands of repurposed metal sheets designed for makeshift military airstrips in Vietnam. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for airstrip 

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airstrip was in 1911

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“Airstrip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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air·​strip -ˌstrip How to pronounce airstrip (audio)
: a runway without normal air base or airport equipment

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