One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive (especially of a gun or missile) used to attack enemy aircraft.
- ‘He said recent air strikes had focused on air defence command and control centres, anti-aircraft guns and missile sites.’
- ‘The crunch came in 1991, when the local army commander informed him an anti-aircraft gun would be installed on the roof of his house.’
- ‘Nearly 800 anti-aircraft guns were moved to the coast and 1,000 barrage balloons were erected.’
- ‘Spades, picks, anti-tank rockets, anti-aircraft guns and explosives are being used, he said.’
- ‘Taliban soldiers fought back with anti-aircraft guns after several days of holding their fire.’
- ‘It showed an anti-aircraft missile unit firing at an allied warplane.’
- ‘They also worked in mixed batteries on anti-aircraft guns, but were not officially allowed to fire them.’
- ‘We hear the boom of cannons in the distance and occasionally the rattle of anti-aircraft guns during air raids.’
- ‘But it is believed the arms haul includes anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.’
- ‘The Allies had nothing with which to counter this terrifying new technology, which flew too low and too fast for anti-aircraft guns.’
- ‘The invention of fighter planes was followed with the creation of anti-aircraft guns.’
- ‘A. My father was 15 when they drafted him in 1945 to man anti-aircraft guns.’
- ‘A moment later, small explosions appeared in the sky as anti-aircraft guns opened up on the raiding force.’
- ‘During this period Littlewood improved methods for calculating trajectories of anti-aircraft missiles.’
- ‘Then he helped direct defensive aircraft away from anti-aircraft artillery fire.’
- ‘They manned anti-aircraft guns and filled noncombatant roles.’
- ‘The most interesting features are towards the stern, where you'll find a 12 lb anti-aircraft gun on either side of the ship.’
- ‘On our bombing run with the bomb doors open we could hear the shrapnel from the anti-aircraft guns pinging on our bomb casings.’
- ‘Only her anti-aircraft guns are still attached to the hull.’
- ‘Anti-armour and anti-aircraft missiles may still be operated by the artillery, as well as by other arms and services.’
First World War: from anti- + aircraft.
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