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

Definition of warplane

: a military airplane specifically : one armed for combat

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In recent months, China has increased Taiwan's diplomatic isolation and stepped up military threats by sending warplanes on patrols around the island and staging war games on its side of the Taiwan Strait. Fox News, "Taiwan's Kinmen island begins importing water from China," 6 Aug. 2018 But Goose, despite the lack of warplanes, would understand it as the plot of Top Gun. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Trained With Air Force Human Performance Specialists," 12 Feb. 2019 Civilians, at first, used walkie-talkies to warn of warplanes. David Nath, Fox News, "Social media saves lives in Syria's Civil War," 21 Sep. 2018 Israel shot down the drone, then struck Iranian targets deep in Syria before one of its warplanes was downed. Washington Post, "Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria," 5 July 2018 Israel responded by attacking anti-aircraft positions in Syria, and an Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle. Ilan Ben Zion, BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-Israeli spy chief: Netanyahu planned Iran strike in 2011," 1 June 2018 The base was damaged, but Syrian warplanes were again taking off from there a day later. Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-neff And Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "U.S., Britain and France Strike Syria Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack," 13 Apr. 2018 Hamas officials say the team was over 2 kilometers (over 1 mile) from the Israeli border, and Israeli military aircraft, including two helicopters and a warplane, carried out over 40 airstrikes to give the men cover to flee. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Palestinians offer new details of Israel’s botched Gaza raid," 12 Dec. 2018 Adam Ni, an expert on China’s military at the Australian National University, wrote for the National Interest in March that Beijing has already made great advances in drones, stealth warplanes, missiles, and more. Alex Ward, Vox, "China’s military power could match America’s by 2050," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of warplane

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of warplane was circa 1911

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English Language Learners Definition of warplane

: a military airplane that has guns or missiles

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