warplane

noun
war·​plane | \ˈwȯr-ˌplān \

Definition of warplane 

: a military airplane specifically : one armed for combat

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While government warplanes drop bombs, rebel snipers on the ground have shot civilians trying to reach the government side. Nada Homsi And Nick Cumming-bruce, New York Times, "‘We Were Dying in There’: Thousands of Syrians Flee Rebel Enclave," 15 Mar. 2018 On Sunday, Russian warplanes joined the offensive by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad to reclaim territory in Daraa that had been captured by rebels over the past seven years. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Airstrike in southern Syria kills families hiding in shelter from offensive," 28 June 2018 But as the civilian displacements continued and hospitals filled up with wounded, only to be destroyed by Syrian or Russian warplanes, diplomats and aid officials said Jordan had persuaded the opposition team to return to the negotiating table. Louisa Loveluck, The Seattle Times, "Syrian rebels in surrender talks for southwest as civilians flee toward closed borders," 3 July 2018 But as the civilian displacements continued and hospitals filled up with wounded, only to be destroyed by Syrian or Russian warplanes, diplomats and aid officials said Jordan had persuaded the opposition team to return to the negotiating table. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Syrian rebels in surrender talks for southwest as civilians flee toward closed borders," 3 July 2018 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

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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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warplane

noun

English Language Learners Definition of warplane

: a military airplane that has guns or missiles

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