early-warning system

[ur-lee wawr-ning]
noun
  1. Military. a network of radar installations designed to detect enemy aircraft or missiles in time for the effective deployment of defense systems.
  2. any series of steps established to spot potential problems.

Origin of early-warning system

First recorded in 1945–50
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British Dictionary definitions for early warning system

early warning system

noun
  1. a network of radar and communications units intended to detect at the earliest possible moment an attack by enemy aircraft or missiles
  2. anything that gives advance notice of something
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