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 Also in the Kherson region, Ukraine claimed to have used antiaircraft missiles to shoot down a Russian Su-35 fighter jet that had planned to attack its planes. Susie Blann,, 19 July 2022 President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Western heavy weapons are starting to have an effect on the battlefield but urged speedier deliveries, particularly of antiaircraft systems, as Russia continued lobbing missiles into Ukrainian cities. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 7 July 2022 Administration officials said on Monday that Mr. Biden would send advanced antiaircraft systems to Ukraine, and NATO announced plans to raise the number of troops stationed in Eastern Europe and vastly increase the troops ready for rapid deployment. New York Times, 27 June 2022 In contrast, Berlin provided substantial quantities of lighter, defensive weapons such as antitank and antiaircraft missiles. Ian Lovett, WSJ, 12 June 2022 Taiwan has deals with the United States to supply it with Stinger antiaircraft missiles and Patriot missile defense batteries. Brad Lendon And Ivan Watson, CNN, 31 May 2022 Stinger antiaircraft missiles could also be valuable for staving off the Chinese air force. New York Times, 25 May 2022 More recently, the war in Ukraine has led Taiwan to rethink its preparations for an attack, with some lawmakers pushing for more purchases of the portable antitank and antiaircraft missiles that Ukrainian soldiers have used to great effect. Josh Chin, WSJ, 23 May 2022 But as Western antitank and antiaircraft missiles pour into Ukraine, questions abound over whether Putin makes a distinction between those weapons and others that Western leaders have resisted providing. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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1913, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

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