war·plane | \ ˈwȯr-ˌplān \

Definition of warplane 

: a military airplane specifically : one armed for combat

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Israeli warplanes struck Hamas positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants there fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities early Wednesday, the military said. Fox News, "Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza," 20 June 2018 Arab warplanes carried out heavy bombardments along the coast and on roads in districts south of the city. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "Yemen Forces Push Toward Rebel-Held Port as Clash Escalates," 14 June 2018 Ever since Russia carried out its first airstrike in Syria in September 2015, U.S. and Russian warplanes have been sharing the skies over the country. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "U.S., Russia Trade Threats Over Syria Strikes," 11 Apr. 2018 The target list could include what’s left of Syria’s dwindling number of attack jets, Russian warplanes at Hmeimim air base in northwestern Syria, or headquarters where Assad’s military officers command and control forces. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "U.S., Allies Weighing a More Severe Response to Syria's Suspected Chemical Weapons Attack," 10 Apr. 2018 The Swedes and their Scandinavian neighbors have frequently complained about territorial infringements by Russian warplanes and submarines, grievances that Russia has dismissed as Western propaganda. New York Times, "If War Comes? Stock Up on Tortillas and Wet Wipes, Sweden Suggests," 21 May 2018 Russian warplanes have bombed territory, and mercenaries and advisers on the ground have supported offensives to prop up Syrian President Assad. Nathan Hodge And Angela Dewan, CNN, "Arms, oil and fake news: 6 ways Russia is changing the world," 16 Mar. 2018 American warplanes have destroyed about 40 U.S.-supplied Humvees that the Taliban captured from Afghanistan’s military over the past several years, according to coalition military statistics provided to USA TODAY. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "U.S. gives Humvees to Afghan army and then blows them up when they fall into Taliban hands," 6 June 2018 The program office is also plotting the stealth warplane’s modernization using optimistic predictions. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Pentagon Doesn't Know How Much Anything Costs," 4 June 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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