gunship

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

Definition of gunship

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

Examples of gunship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many such companies stress their credentials as wildlife conservationists, using helicopter gunships to deter poachers. The Economist, "Soldiers of misfortune Why African governments still hire mercenaries," 28 May 2020 Many such companies stress their credentials as wildlife conservationists, using helicopter gunships to deter poachers. The Economist, "Soldiers of misfortune Why African governments still hire mercenaries," 30 May 2020 But Ahsoka catches him with the Force, and the clone troopers under her and Rex’s command take the red-and-black crime lord prisoner aboard a Republic gunship. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Clone Wars recap: Ahsoka and Maul in a lightsaber duel for the ages," 24 Apr. 2020 The commander told the radio controller next to him to call the gunship in the air, circling at 10,000 feet. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 After being held at bay by a gunship in Thailand, the Westerdam eventually docks in Cambodia. Feb. 7: Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor, dies after contracting the coronavirus. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "A look back at when the coronavirus started and how it spread in Michigan," 18 Mar. 2020 Another government helicopter gunship was downed three days earlier, near the village of Nairab. Washington Post, "Freezing weather compounds crisis for displaced in Syria," 15 Feb. 2020 The Vietnam War brought the helicopter gunship, napalm, and chemical defoliants. David Oshinsky, The New York Review of Books, "‘The Human Mind Was Not Made for War’," 28 Jan. 2020 The base shares its borders with the city’s airport, which transport aircraft, gunships and reconnaissance planes have used as an anchor point for operations in both northern Iraq and deep into eastern Syria. New York Times, "Iran Retaliates Against U.S. Forces in Iraq," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of gunship

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunship was in 1966

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14 Jun 2020

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“Gunship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gunship. Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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gunship

noun
How to pronounce gunship (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gunship

: a military aircraft with rockets and machine guns

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