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antiaircraft Syllabification: an·ti·air·craft
Pronunciation: /ˌan(t)ēˈerˌkraft/
(abbreviation: AA)

Definition of antiaircraft in English:


(Especially of a gun or missile) used to attack enemy aircraft.
Example sentences
  • He said recent air strikes had focused on air defence command and control centres, anti-aircraft guns and missile sites.
  • Then he helped direct defensive aircraft away from anti-aircraft artillery fire.
  • Anti-armour and anti-aircraft missiles may still be operated by the artillery, as well as by other arms and services.


World War I: from anti- + aircraft.

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