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surface-to-air

[sur-fis-too-air]
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adjective
  1. (of a missile, message, etc.) capable of traveling from the surface of the earth to a target in the atmosphere.
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adverb
  1. from the surface of the earth to a target in the atmosphere: an antimissile missile fired surface-to-air.
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Origin of surface-to-air

First recorded in 1945–50
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  • 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

surface-to-air

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