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See also: antiaircraft


Alternative forms[edit]


anti- +‎ aircraft.


anti-aircraft (not comparable)

  1. (military) Intended to attack aircraft.
    • 1947 January and February, “Wartime Traffic at Tanfield, L.N.E.R.”, in Railway Magazine, page 47:
      Special lamps were provided for working during the blackout, and an anti-aircraft gun, manned by the R.A.O.C., was mounted on the coal depot line.
    • 2007 September 25, Bungie, Halo 3, v1.0, Microsoft Game Studios, Xbox 360, level/area: Crow's Nest:
      Truth's ships are clustered above the excavation site. And his infantry has deployed anti-aircraft batteries around the perimeter.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The hyphenated form is more common in the British corpus while the solid form is more common in the American corpus.[1] GPO manual item 6.29. recommends to spell anti- prefixed words without a hyphen unless an overriding consideration applies.[2]




anti-aircraft (countable and uncountable, plural anti-aircraft or anti-aircrafts)

  1. (military) Anti-aircraft artillery.
    • 1944 June 3, Charles A. Lindbergh, The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, published 1970, page 839:
      I am blacking out—ease the stick forward slightly—the sky is clear again—I turn out over water—reverse turn—there are antiaircraft on the island below—I reverse again—and again.
  2. (military) An anti-aircraft artillery organization.
  3. (military) Anti-aircraft fire.




  1. ^ antiaircraft, anti-aircraft at Google Ngram Viewer
  2. ^ 6. Compounding Rules in U.S. Government Printing Office Style Manual,

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