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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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In May 2018, the United States detected the deployment of anti-ship and antiaircraft missiles on three of the islands during Chinese military exercises. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "Jim Sciutto’s Quiet Indictment of the Obama Administration," 6 June 2019 And China, given its tense relations with its neighbors over the South China Sea, is an important possible market for Russian weapons, particularly the S-400 antiaircraft missile system and the SU-35 jet fighter. New York Times, "Xi Jinping’s Visit to Russia Accents Ties in Face of Tensions with U.S.," 5 June 2019 Putin became a regional power broker, for the first time selling antiaircraft systems to Turkey, a NATO member; sending military delegations to Iraq; and organizing discussions about Syria among Turkey, Israel, and several Arab states. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 Normandy’s Negroes, serving in mostly segregated units, worked under fire instead as stevedores and as antiaircraft men who ran up barrage balloons to frustrate enemy air strikes at the beaches. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "What’s the Most Accurate D-Day Movie? Here’s What 3 Movies Got Right—and Wrong," 5 June 2019 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

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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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