surface-to-air

adjective

sur·​face-to-air ˈsər-fəs-ˌtü-ˈer How to pronounce surface-to-air (audio)
: launched from the ground against a target in the air

Examples of surface-to-air in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sinaloa Cartel has sought to purchase surface-to-air missiles and rocket launchers in the past, including in 2009 when three cartel members negotiated prices with people who turned out to be undercover agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Steve Fisher, USA TODAY, 29 June 2024 North Korea may also have supplied anti-tank missiles, portable surface-to-air missiles, rifles, rocket launchers, mortars, and shells, South Korean officials said in November. Anna Gordon, TIME, 18 June 2024 Meanwhile, the Houthis apparently have shot down multiple MQ-9 Reaper drones with surface-to-air missile systems. Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 June 2024 These include surface-to-air missiles, anti-ballistic missile and Tomahawk cruise missiles. Antonio Maria Delgado, Miami Herald, 12 June 2024 On the second day of the 2020 Armenia-Azerbaijan war, the Armenian military posted a video of one of its surface-to-air missile systems shooting down a surprising enemy aircraft: an Antonov AN-2 biplane. Joshua Keating, Vox, 3 June 2024 The aircraft carrying the presidents was shot down by surface-to-air missiles, abruptly ending peace negotiations. The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2024 Ukraine has successfully used both surface-to-air missiles and ground fire to target them. Joseph Federman, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2024 The yacht is also rumored to be carrying surface-to-air missiles, though that may be an urban legend. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surface-to-air was in 1949

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“Surface-to-air.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surface-to-air. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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