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 These can be used either for transport or in a gunship configuration. Patrick Galey, NBC News, 29 Apr. 2022 Among the soldiers involved are pilots flying AH-64 Apache gunship helicopters and their support crews, and about 800 paratroopers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, who are based in Vicenza, Italy. Dan Lamothe, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Feb. 2022 An American gunship was circling over the city, firing off shimmering flares. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2021 In 2015, Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, former head of Air Force Special Operations Command, had stated the goal of testing a high energy laser on an AC-130J gunship by the close of the decade. David Hambling, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 In a nearby village, a gunship struck down three children. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Abdul Rahman, a farmer, was rooting through the refuse with his young son when an Afghan Army gunship appeared on the horizon. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 The gunship fired, and villagers began falling right and left. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 The insurgents captured a defunct helicopter gunship. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gunship

1966, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2022

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“Gunship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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