air·​strip | \ -ˌstrip \

Definition of airstrip

: a runway without normal air base or airport facilities

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The aviation industry is gathering this week at an airstrip here outside of London for its biggest trade fair of the year—typically a week of boasting by Boeing Co. BA -1.36% and Airbus SE EADSY -0.34% over billion-dollar airplane deals. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Who Bought That Plane? Airshow Buyers Seek Discretion Amid Trade Tensions," 18 July 2018 During a trip to Hamburg, Germany in 2017, shortly before his fourth birthday, George made headlines and melted hearts around the world when pictures of him looking absolutely in awe of the helicopters on the airstrip made the rounds. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Reveals the One Thing Prince George Could "Never Forgive" Him for Forgetting," 12 Jan. 2019 Over-the-Top Trips Kate DotyGeoExDoty knows which airstrips can accommodate your private jet, how to score access to top diplomats, and the best ways to see back-of-beyond spots like Chad, the D.R.C., or Indonesia’s out islands. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The village is working with state and federal agencies to secure money for other key facilities, such as an airstrip and school, Cadiente said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal agency commits $22 million to help erosion-threatened village move," 29 Apr. 2018 Chinese air-traffic controllers routinely challenge any aircraft traveling near reclaimed islands in the South China Sea, which Beijing has outfitted with radar, radio-jamming equipment and airstrips. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Defense Chiefs Seek Friendlier Skies Over Asia’s Military Flashpoints," 20 Oct. 2018 Located at the tip of the Horn of Africa, the 36-hectare base has a 1,300-foot long airstrip plus control tower, aircraft hangars, and semi-underground storage facilities for petroleum, oil, and machine lubricants. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Satellite Images Spy China's First Overseas Military Base," 9 Nov. 2017 On the northeast corner of Saba—the smallest of the Caribbean's Antilles islands—sits the tiny airstrip at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "10 Terrifying Airport Runways," 27 Apr. 2011 Her stilettos were leopard print, her skirt leather, her coat suede, in a warm ocher color that would have blended nicely with the red-earth airstrips of the African bush. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Gave Us All a Valuable Lesson in How Not to Dress in Africa," 9 Oct. 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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