(of a missile, message, etc.) capable of traveling from the surface of the earth to a target in the atmosphere.


from the surface of the earth to a target in the atmosphere: an antimissile missile fired surface-to-air.

Origin of surface-to-air

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of surface-to-air

  • If a surface-to-air missile capability did exist at that time, the Chinese would have supplied the necessary replacements.

British Dictionary definitions for surface-to-air



of or relating to a missile launched from the surface of the earth against airborne targets
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