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 In the meantime, scientists will continue to await more detailed weather information from Perseverance and scope out an ideal airstrip for the helicopter. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Apr. 2021 Perseverance in turn relayed the commands to Ingenuity, which was sitting 200 feet away on flat terrain that was chosen to serve as the airstrip for a series of five test flights. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 Each location has its own airstrip for guests’ arrival and departure. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Japan’s most remote airstrip, on Yonaguni Island, is fewer than 100 miles from Taiwan. David Axe, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Hing had sold it in 1938 after another plane crashed into the little Fleet aircraft while it was parked on an airstrip. oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2021 The backcountry along the Butano Rim, the old airstrip and the trail camp, on the other hand, was severely burned. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2021 The drive-through mass vaccination site on a defunct airstrip here in East Hartford, outside Connecticut’s capital, shows the promise and the drawbacks of the approach. New York Times, 28 Feb. 2021 Once inside, Ramminger and two accomplices simply loaded a modern, operational AIM-9 missile into a wheelbarrow and wheeled it down the airstrip to his waiting Mercedes-Benz. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 21 Mar. 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Airstrip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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