warplane

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

Definition of warplane

: a military airplane specifically : one armed for combat

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South Korea said that three Russian military planes, as well as two Chinese warplanes, entered its air defense identification zone off its east coast, where foreign military aircraft are expected to identify themselves in advance to South Korea. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "South Korean Jets Fire Warning Shots Toward Russian Military Plane," 23 July 2019 Before the latest incident, Russia had lost at least seven warplanes and seven combat helicopters in Syria and also had seen dozens of troops killed in ground combat. Vladimir Isachenkov, The Seattle Times, "Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria," 18 Sep. 2018 Besides carrying over 75 warplanes, the USS Ford has some serious destructive capability. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Navy's USS Ford set for upgraded ship-defense weapons," 18 July 2018 The annual exercises, which include warplanes and naval maneuvers, have been held since at least 1976 to help the allied forces prepare for a possible North Korean attack. David S. Cloud, latimes.com, "Trump's decision to halt military exercises with South Korea leaves Pentagon and allies nervous," 12 June 2018 South Korea said that three Russian military planes, as well as two Chinese warplanes, entered its air defense identification zone off its east coast, where foreign military aircraft are expected to identify themselves in advance to South Korea. Choe Sang-hun, BostonGlobe.com, "South Korean jets fire warning shots toward Russian military plane," 23 July 2019 Both sides also hired pilots from abroad to fly their aging fleet of Mig warplanes along with mercenaries to bolster their ground offensives. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Libya civil war and natural resources attract mix of nations," 2 Aug. 2019 The aerial procession will include a variety of warplanes—plus the President’s own plane. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "All of the Military Hardware at Washington's 4th of July Event," 4 July 2019 The Russian armed forces have received hundreds of new warplanes and dozens of warships in recent years as part of a sweeping military modernization program that allowed Moscow to project power abroad. Washington Post, "What’s an advanced Russian warship doing in Havana harbor?," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of warplane

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

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warplane

noun

English Language Learners Definition of warplane

: a military airplane that has guns or missiles

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