[ an-tee-air-kraft, -krahft, an-tahy- ]

  1. designed for or used in defense against enemy aircraft.

  1. artillery used against enemy aircraft.

  2. a military organization operating and servicing antiaircraft artillery.

  1. shellfire from antiaircraft artillery: The planes flew through heavy antiaircraft.

Origin of antiaircraft

First recorded in 1910–15; anti- + aircraft

Words Nearby antiaircraft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use antiaircraft in a sentence

  • As they swung lower, to sow bombs about the place, antiaircraft guns opened on them and they departed.

    The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb
  • In its mobility the improvised antiaircraft gun mount was far from perfect.

  • It may be noted here that our first 26 antiaircraft guns were mounted on White 1½-ton trucks.

  • An 8-inch howitzer was placed on this antiaircraft caterpillar mount and fired at angles of elevation varying up to 45°.

  • He dared not rise too high, for that would give the antiaircraft gunners a chance of bringing him crashing down to the earth.

    Don Hale with the Flying Squadron | W. Crispin Sheppard

British Dictionary definitions for anti-aircraft


/ (ˌæntɪˈɛəkrɑːft) /

  1. (modifier) of or relating to defence against aircraft attack: anti-aircraft batteries

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