Definition of early warning system in English:

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early warning system

Entry from US English dictionary


1A network of radar stations established at the boundary of a defended region to provide advanced warning of an aircraft or missile attack.
Example sentences
  • To protect the United States, the Corps erected extensive radar early warning systems across northern Canada.
  • The military conflicts in the Middle East have demonstrated the growing combat control role of airborne command and control centers with radar early warning systems.
  • Naturally, to enable this function, they also would require the requisite command authority over missile and early warning systems.
1.1A condition, system, or series of procedures indicating a potential development or impending problem.
Example sentences
  • With regard to bioterrorism, she pointed out that current technology could enable the public health system to put early warning systems in place.
  • Such a system would create an early warning system, he says, that would quickly weed out problem products.
  • Genetic biomonitoring of populations exposed to potential carcinogens is an early warning system for genetic diseases or cancer.
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