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 For its part, Russia has cautioned against assigning blame too quickly to Iran and taken the opportunity to offer its stae of the art antiaircraft technology for sale to Saudi Arabia. Anchorage Daily News, "Tehran rules out talks with U.S. as Trump steps back from directly blaming Iran," 17 Sep. 2019 In a preview of the type of evidence that may emerge at trial, Mr. Ferdinandusse said that Russia had sent a second antiaircraft missile system into Ukraine in July 2014. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Murder Trial of Russian Ex-Agents Opens for Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight," 9 Mar. 2020 Rossiya 24, a state news channel, reported that Turkey was targeting Syrian Army troops with artillery and Russian helicopters with antiaircraft fire in response to the strike that killed Turkish soldiers. New York Times, "Airstrike Hits Turkish Forces in Syria, Raising Fears of Escalation," 27 Feb. 2020 Ukraine International Flight 752 was en route to Kyiv when it was brought down by an antiaircraft missile on Jan. 8. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Iran announces arrests over its downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed 176," 14 Jan. 2020 However, Ukrainian investigators have been considering the possibility that an antiaircraft missile brought down the jet. Washington Post, "Suspected shoot-down of passenger jet near Tehran mirrors 1988 Iran Air tragedy," 9 Jan. 2020 In the late 1970s, the rickety passenger airplanes that landed in Salisbury, as Harare was then known, did so in a steep and gut-wrenching spiral to avoid antiaircraft missiles. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Mugabe’s Reign Began With Bob Marley and Good Schools. Despotism Soon Followed.," 6 Sep. 2019 The World War II combat missions sent 10-man crews of young Americans against enemy fighters and antiaircraft fire that filled the sky with flak. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Flight of restored B-17 bomber harks back to days when skies were not so blue," 12 Nov. 2019 Smoke from antiaircraft guns fills the sky as aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (rear, C) is hit by a Japanese torpedo during the Battle of Midway on June 6, 1942. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Real World War II History Behind the Movie Midway," 8 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'antiaircraft.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of antiaircraft


1913, in the meaning defined above


1915, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about antiaircraft

Time Traveler for antiaircraft

Time Traveler

The first known use of antiaircraft was in 1913

See more words from the same year

Statistics for antiaircraft

Cite this Entry

“Antiaircraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for antiaircraft


How to pronounce antiaircraft (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of antiaircraft

: used for defense against military aircraft

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on antiaircraft

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with antiaircraft

Spanish Central: Translation of antiaircraft

Nglish: Translation of antiaircraft for Spanish Speakers

Comments on antiaircraft

What made you want to look up antiaircraft? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!