gun·​ship | \ ˈgən-ˌship How to pronounce gunship (audio) \

Definition of gunship

: a helicopter or cargo aircraft armed with rockets and machine guns

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Overhead, Assad’s helicopter gunships rained down barrel bombs that exploded all around them. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Fleeing Syria, these child refugees become child laborers," 20 June 2019 Yellow triangles, gunships like hers, blinked out en masse. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A starfighter pilot awakens in an unwelcome future in this excerpt from Velocity Weapon," 11 June 2019 Ada’s gunship fleet was in LPO, awaiting detection of the advancing Icar- ion fleet, when the asteroid passed within range. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A starfighter pilot awakens in an unwelcome future in this excerpt from Velocity Weapon," 11 June 2019 In response, Afghan helicopter gunships bombed the house from which the rockets were believed to have been launched. Fox News, "Rockets strike Afghan capital in latest spike of violence," 21 Aug. 2018 The Air Force is procuring 12 Stinger IIs to augment existing gunships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a AC-130 Gunship Devastate Targets on the Ground with Its Howitzer," 16 Jan. 2019 More than ten variants of the airplane, including AC-130 gunships and WC-130 weather reconnaissance aircraft, serve U.S. and global militaries. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130 Just Never Dies," 22 Apr. 2016 The Observatory reported that government helicopter gunships pounded several villages held by IS, including Shajara, Abdeen and Koya. Fox News, "Syrian forces press offensive despite IS threats to hostages," 31 July 2018 But for all of this advanced technology, the vision of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command gunships can be thwarted by the threatening adversary known as a cloudy sky. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Rise of Disposable Drones," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of gunship

1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gunship

: a military aircraft with rockets and machine guns

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