[ ur-lee wawr-ning ]
/ ˈɜr li ˈwɔr nɪŋ /
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Military. a network of radar installations designed to detect enemy aircraft or missiles in time for the effective deployment of defense systems.
any series of steps established to spot potential problems.
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Origin of early-warning system
First recorded in1945–50
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How to use early-warning system in a sentence
Early voting is the early-warning system as the hurricane is coming,” he says, “and this year it looks like a category 5.Has Obama Already Won?|Will Doig|October 29, 2008|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for early-warning system
early warning system
a network of radar and communications units intended to detect at the earliest possible moment an attack by enemy aircraft or missiles
anything that gives advance notice of something
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