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an·​ti·​air·​craft ˌan-tē-ˈer-ˌkraft How to pronounce antiaircraft (audio)
: designed for or concerned with defense against air attack


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: antiaircraft guns or their fire

Examples of antiaircraft in a Sentence

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Although antiaircraft guns would not take care of the regime’s weapon of choice -- artillery -- civilians would at least have less reason to flee to Turkey and Jordan, which are already overwhelmed with refugees and fear spillover violence. Andrew J. Tabler, Foreign Affairs, 25 June 2014
Struck by antiaircraft flak, two of the plane’s four engines lost power as Mr. Spiegel reversed course to return to England. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 In that case, investigators determined that a Russian antiaircraft weapon was used, and two former Russian security agents and a third defendant were convicted in absentia of murder by a Dutch court. Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 Comparatively, the British Royal Air Force conducted night bombing of entire cities—an approach designed to both lower the risk of encountering antiaircraft resistance and retaliate against Germany for the Blitz bombing campaign. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Jan. 2024 Ukraine also needs antiaircraft and attack missiles to strike fast-moving airborne targets. Eric Schmidt, Foreign Affairs, 22 Jan. 2024 The United States is also concerned about General Hamdan’s ties to Russia’s Wagner mercenaries, who supplied him with antiaircraft missiles in the early months of the war. Declan Walsh, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Austin announced that the U.S. military would send approximately $100 million in additional donations of U.S. equipment to Kyiv, including Stinger antiaircraft missiles, artillery shells and cold-weather gear. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Ignoring pleas from around the world, Taliban fighters detonated explosives and fired antiaircraft guns to smash the immense sixth-century reliefs to pieces. Rick Noack, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2023 According to American officials, Russian attack helicopters that stymied advancing Ukrainian tanks and armored personnel carriers earlier in the three-month-old offensive have been more effectively countered recently by Ukrainian troops firing Stinger antiaircraft missiles. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1911, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antiaircraft was in 1911

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“Antiaircraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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: designed or used for defense against aircraft
an antiaircraft gun

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