war·​plane | \ ˈwȯr-ˌplān How to pronounce warplane (audio) \

Definition of warplane

: a military airplane specifically : one armed for combat

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Syria’s state news agency SANA reported that Israeli warplanes launched strikes near Damascus on Friday evening, damaging an ammunition warehouse at Damascus’s airport. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Netanyahu Says Israel Struck Iranian Targets in Syria," 13 Jan. 2019 But neither of those outcomes seem particularly likely right now, which means Japan’s militarily will probably feature a whole new flock of shiny new American warplanes in the near future. Alex Ward, Vox, "Japan plans to purchase nearly 150 F-35 fighter jets from the US," 12 Dec. 2018 Israel responded by attacking anti-aircraft positions in Syria, but an Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle. Josef Federman, USA TODAY, "Israel strikes 'dozens' of Iranian targets after alleged rocket barrage on Golan Heights," 9 May 2018 That prompted Israel to respond by sending two surface-to-air missiles to intercept the plane, marking this as the first time since 2014 that Israel brought down a Syrian warplane. Alex Ward, Vox, "Israel just shot down a Syrian fighter jet," 24 July 2018 Underscoring those concerns, a Chinese warplane flew 50 miles off South Korea’s east coast on Monday before entering Japan’s air defense identification zone, according to Seoul’s Defense Ministry. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Bad Blood Between Japan, South Korea Tests American Strategy in Asia," 29 Nov. 2018 Israel responded by attacking anti-aircraft positions in Syria, and an Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle. Zeina Karam And Aron Heller, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Most serious' military conflict between Iran, Israel breaks out in Syria," 10 May 2018 Some of them primarily focused on monitoring and scrambling communications to stymie any Russian and Syrian counterattack, whether with surface-to-air missiles or warplanes, according to American military officials. New York Times, "Missile Strikes Are Unlikely to Stop Syria’s Chemical Attacks, Pentagon Says," 19 Apr. 2018 Russia also has an advanced S-400 anti-aircraft system, which is believed to be capable of shooting down both warplanes and cruise missiles. Kate Samuelson, Time, "The Biggest U.S. Navy Force Since Iraq Invasion May Be Sailing Toward Syria," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of warplane

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of warplane

: a military airplane that has guns or missiles

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