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 (ăn′tē-âr′krăft′, ăn′tī-)
Designed for defense, especially from a surface position, against aircraft or missile attack.
An antiaircraft weapon.


(ˌæn tiˈɛərˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft, ˌæn taɪ-)

1. designed for or used in defense against enemy aircraft.
2. artillery used against enemy aircraft.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antiaircraft - artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanesantiaircraft - artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes
Bofors gun - an automatic double-barreled antiaircraft gun
gun - a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
predictor - a computer for controlling antiaircraft fire that computes the position of an aircraft at the instant of a shell's arrival
Adj.1.antiaircraft - designed for defense from a surface position against air attackantiaircraft - designed for defense from a surface position against air attack
defensive - intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
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