an·​ti·​air·​craft | \ ˌan-tē-ˈer-ˌkraft How to pronounce antiaircraft (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī- \

Definition of antiaircraft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: designed for or concerned with defense against air attack



Definition of antiaircraft (Entry 2 of 2)

: antiaircraft guns or their fire

Examples of antiaircraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The options include antitank, antiship and antiaircraft systems, according to a person familiar with the deliberations, though they haven’t yet been presented to President Biden for a decision. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Satellite Images Show Russia’s Expanding Ukraine Buildup," 20 Apr. 2021 Elgin flew when antiaircraft was legal and there was no such thing as giving up a layup. Los Angeles Times, "Letters to sports: You might not have seen him, but Elgin Baylor was something to see," 27 Mar. 2021 Moody started in on a highlight reel of intercepts—the blank cargo manifests, the bogus port declarations, conversations that mentioned tanks, radar and antiaircraft guns, the Soviet money and personnel flowing to the island. Susan Seubert, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Once-Classified Tale of Juanita Moody," 24 Feb. 2021 Bob Frost, a rear-gunner whose Wellington bomber was shot down by antiaircraft fire in 1942 while on a raid aimed at the German industrial city of Essen. Phil Davison, Washington Post, "Janine de Greef, Belgian who helped smuggle downed Allied airmen to safety, dies at 95," 15 Dec. 2020 The 251st, an antiaircraft unit, saw action at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and was credited with destroying at least two attacking Japanese planes. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Today’s Headlines: A treacherous phase in the pandemic," 7 Dec. 2020 But imagine a network of enemy air defenses containing surface-to-air missiles, antiaircraft guns, and all the attendant sensors to detect incoming aircraft. Elliott Ackerman, Wired, "A Navy SEAL, a Quadcopter, and a Quest to Save Lives in Combat," 30 Oct. 2020 Across its fuselage was a quiltwork of more than 1,000 patches covering holes—some as large as 16 inches—caused by shrapnel from exploding antiaircraft shells on previous combat missions. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, "This World War II Bomber Took More Enemy Fire Than Most Others and Always Came Home," 16 Apr. 2020 Those early models flew at 70,000 feet to stay out of range of antiaircraft missiles. Brad Lendon, CNN, "China says US U-2 spy plane disrupted its military exercises," 26 Aug. 2020

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1913, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Antiaircraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of antiaircraft

: used for defense against military aircraft

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