airburst

[ air-burst ]
/ ˈɛərˌbɜrst /

noun

the explosion of a bomb or shell in midair.

Origin of airburst

First recorded in 1915–20; air1 + burst
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British Dictionary definitions for airburst

airburst

/ (ˈɛəˌbɜːst) /

noun

the explosion of a bomb, shell, etc, in the air
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