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

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

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The same year, Mi-brand helicopters, Tor-M1 antiaircraft missile systems, Su-class jet fighters and other weapons and military equipment were also delivered to Caracas, the agency reported. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Venezuela Turmoil Puts Billions of Dollars in Foreign Investment in Jeopardy," 24 Jan. 2019 India and the United States are also tangling over India’s planned purchase of a missile defense and antiaircraft system from Russia. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Mike Pompeo was supposed to meet with his Indian counterpart. He went to North Korea instead.," 6 July 2018 Moscow blamed Israel after a Russian reconnaissance plane was shot down last month by Syrian antiaircraft fire which was defending against Israeli F-16s. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "As Israel Targets Iran in Syria, U.S. Officials Warn of Reprisals," 28 Oct. 2018 The attack was successfully repelled—Russian forces were able to shoot down seven of the drones with antiaircraft missiles and were able to commandeer six more toward a safe landing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire Russian Military Will Be Trained in Anti-Drone Tactics," 16 Nov. 2018 Litterst also pointed out a baseball-size gouge in the marble of the penthouse’s ornate outer wall that was made by an errant antiaircraft bullet in 1942. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Battered by time, nature and antiaircraft fire, Lincoln Memorial gets facelift," 14 June 2018 The Suwalki area is well within range of sophisticated Russian antiaircraft missiles stationed in Kaliningrad, so in combat simulations, NATO commanders have hesitated to send warplanes near the region. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "How U.S. troops could get stuck in a traffic jam on their way to fend off war with Russia," 24 June 2018 The incident, a major escalation, resulted in the loss of an Israeli F-16 that was hit by Syrian antiaircraft missiles. Noga Tarnopolsky,, "Netanyahu meets Putin in Russia to discuss Syria, Iran, security issues," 12 July 2018 The errant antiaircraft round gouged the building in 1942. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Battered by time, nature and antiaircraft fire, Lincoln Memorial gets facelift," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of antiaircraft


1913, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antiaircraft was in 1913

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English Language Learners Definition of antiaircraft

: used for defense against military aircraft

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