fight·​er | \ˈfī-tər \

Definition of fighter 

: one that fights: such as

a(1) : warrior, soldier

(2) : a pugnacious or game individual

(3) : boxer entry 1 sense 1

b : an airplane of high speed and maneuverability with armament designed to destroy enemy aircraft

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Examples of fighter in a Sentence

the debate whether more fighters are needed to bring order to that war-torn country a program at the community center for training local youths as fighters

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Watch More Moving Upstream Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said the Pentagon is working on autonomous fighter jets that could substantially reduce costs and perform better in combat than human pilots. Jason Bellini, WSJ, "The Future of Flight: AI in the Cockpit," 12 Nov. 2018 Also, the two routers look like sci-fi stealth fighter jets. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Netgear’s first Wi-Fi 6 routers look like sci-fi spaceships," 7 Nov. 2018 That's because the real air defense provided to ground troops comes via the U.S. Air Force, and thanks to the bubble of protection provided by U.S. fighter jets, no U.S. ground troops have been killed by enemy aircraft since 1953. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s First Laser Weapons Will Kill Aircraft and Drones," 17 Oct. 2018 Of particular concern were the base’s 55 F-22 Raptor aircraft, the most sophisticated fighter jet in the Air Force’s arsenal. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Hurricane Michael showed how woefully unprepared the military is for extreme weather," 15 Oct. 2018 The British photojournalist Don McCullin is perhaps best known for his striking war photography — such as his images of grizzled fighters and mourning families in Vietnam. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 For years many of those residents of Bama lived in squalid camps or other temporary housing as clashes between fighters and the military destroyed their town. New York Times, "A Homecoming for Nigerians Who Fled Militants. All That’s Missing Is the ‘Home.’," 10 July 2018 Islamic State’s recent attacks have targeted an array of adversaries, including both U.S.-backed fighters and rival groups. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "ISIS Remnants Fight On, Despite U.S. Campaign," 9 July 2018 But father time eventually catches up with most fighters and Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) is no exception. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "Pacquiao taking matters into his own hands for next fight — literally," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of fighter

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of fighter

: a warrior or soldier

: someone who does not give up : someone who continues fighting or trying

: a fast airplane that has weapons for destroying enemy aircraft

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