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

Definition of airstrip

: a runway without normal air base or airport facilities

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Bailey, a cellist and the artistic director of the Sitka Music Festival, knew his fingers would feel the sting of the cold as the sled pulled away from the airstrip. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "These musical instruments are tough enough for travel in rural Alaska," 12 Sep. 2019 And its massive wings didn't help things because the aircraft had a tendency to float above the airstrip as pilots tried to land. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U-2 Is Such a Badass Plane," 4 Sep. 2019 Zorro Ranch, which includes a firehouse, log cabin, guest house, pool, airstrip, antique railroad car and train tracks, is part private, part public land. Mola Lenghi, CBS News, "What's next for Epstein's Zorro Ranch, where accusers say they were raped and trafficked," 31 Aug. 2019 Crissy Field was transformed from a decrepit military airstrip into a bayside park in 2001. Peter Fimrite,, "Crissy Field in SF’s Presidio next in line for changes as Tunnel Tops work proceeds," 5 Aug. 2019 On August 5, 2018, a large crowd was gathered at the dusty airstrip in Marrameu Game Reserve as the planes touched down with their precious cargo. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off," 2 May 2019 The incident happened about 11 a.m. near the SkyDive Chicago airstrip northeast of Ottawa, fire officials said. Clifford Ward,, "Skydiver knocked unconscious, lands in Fox River near Ottawa after midair collision with another jumper; both treated at hospital," 30 July 2019 From there, Proflight Zambia offers short connecting flights to the airstrip, where your safari outfitter will transfer you to your lodge. National Geographic, "Where lions are king: How to track the big cats in Zambia," 18 July 2019 The estate has a 5,000-foot airstrip and a private heliport. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Buyer snaps up huge Northeast Texas lodge on 14,500 acres listed at $84 million," 5 July 2019

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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 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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