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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for airstrip

Contemporary Examples of airstrip

Historical Examples of airstrip

  • 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; runwayAlso called: landing strip
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