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

Definition of warplane

: a military airplane specifically : one armed for combat

Examples of warplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Tempest is being developed by BAE with firms including Leonardo SpA of Italy, its partner on the current Eurofighter Typhoon warplane, and engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc. Charlotte Ryan, Bloomberg.com, "Tempest Jet Fighter to Support 20,000 Jobs, BAE Says," 15 Oct. 2020 On May 20, an Afghan A-29 warplane supplied by the United States bombed the home of Aminullah Hassanzada in Kunduz, killing his brother, his brother’s 25-year-old wife and their mother, Mr. Hassanzada said. Najim Rahim, New York Times, "How an Afghan Political Crisis Derailed Payments to War Victims," 27 Oct. 2020 Armenian authorities also charge that Turkey provides Azerbaijan with intelligence and even air cover, claiming that a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down an Armenian warplane. Fox News, "Nagorno-Karabakh fighting raises threat of deadly escalation," 14 Oct. 2020 The report, citing Chinese mainland military analysts pointed out that the warplane combination the PLA deployed was similar to a real combat situation and covered a variety of different scenarios. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Almost 40 Chinese warplanes breach Taiwan Strait median line; Taiwan President calls it a 'threat of force'," 21 Sep. 2020 Israel currently is the only country in the region to fly the stealth warplane. Aron Heller, Star Tribune, "UAE's warm welcome to Israelis reflects changing region," 1 Sep. 2020 Talks to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates launch this week with a focus on economic issues, with thornier defense matters pushed off as controversy churns around the Gulf Nation’s bid to buy the U.S.’s top warplane. Ivan Levingston, Bloomberg.com, "Israel Sees $6.5 Billion in Trade as UAE Peace Talks Start," 31 Aug. 2020 The Super Hornet is the second U.S. military warplane to carry Stormbreaker, after the F-15E Strike Eagle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Super Hornets Can Now Carry the Stormbreaker Bomb," 18 June 2020 The warplanes will take off from Addison Airport, fly over Belt Line Road and circle seven area hospitals and the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery before landing back at the airport. Dallas News, "From flyovers to tribute bands, weekend events mark Memorial Day in North Texas," 20 May 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Warplane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warplane. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of warplane

: a military airplane that has guns or missiles

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