DEW line

[ doo, dyoo ]
/ du, dyu /

noun

a 3,000-mile (4,800-km) long network of radar stations north of the Arctic Circle, maintained by the United States and Canada for providing advance warning of the approach of hostile planes, missiles, etc.

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Origin of DEW line

First recorded in 1955–60; D(istant) E(arly) W(arning)
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British Dictionary definitions for DEW line

DEW line
/ (djuː) /

n acronym for

distant early warning line, a network of radar stations situated mainly in Arctic regions to give early warning of aircraft or missile attack on North America
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