Definition of air traffic control in English:

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air traffic control

Pronunciation: /e(ə)r ˈtrafik kənˈtrōl/


The ground-based personnel and equipment concerned with monitoring and controlling air traffic within a particular area.
Example sentences
  • Declare an emergency and air traffic control will drop everything to get airplanes out of your way.
  • How do pilots communicate with air traffic control when flying over the ocean?
  • All of these people stayed on their post, did their job, got the rest of air traffic control on the ground.


air traffic controller

Example sentences
  • Will I need more training in order to continue my career as an air traffic controller at an airport?
  • He also earned certification as an air traffic controller with military control-tower rating.
  • Imagine looking at the blips on the monitor of an air traffic controller in Las Angeles, multiplying those radar blips by 100-then zooming in on the flight path of a single aircraft.

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Syllabification: air traf·fic con·trol

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