air-traffic control

[ air-traf-ik ]

  1. a government service that facilitates the safe and orderly movement of aircraft within and between airports by receiving and processing data from radar and devices that monitor local weather conditions and by maintaining radio contact with pilots.

Origin of air-traffic control

First recorded in 1930–35

Other words from air-traffic control

  • air-traffic controller, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use air-traffic control in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for air-traffic control

air-traffic control

  1. an organization that determines the altitude, speed, and direction at which planes fly in a given area, giving instructions to pilots by radio

Derived forms of air-traffic control

  • air-traffic controller, noun

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