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[air-strip] /ˈɛərˌstrɪp/
a small landing field having only one runway.
a temporary or auxiliary aircraft runway.
Origin of airstrip
First recorded in 1940-45; air1 + strip2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Shandor took a cab to the Georgetown airstrip, checked the fuel in the 'copter.

    Bear Trap Alan Edward Nourse
  • He saw several flocks of ducks including one containing "about a dozen ducks" at ponds along a roadway and at an airstrip.

  • At Umiat (June 25, 1952), ptarmigan were using seven dusting pits on the shoulder of the airstrip.

  • The engineer tapped on the microphone, and the tap, greatly amplified, reverberated across the airstrip.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Then the firing area was passed and the jeep sped along next to the miles-long black, oiled path of the airstrip.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for airstrip


a cleared area for the landing and taking off of aircraft; runway Also called landing strip
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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