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early-warning system

[ur-lee wawr-ning] /ˈɜr li ˈwɔr nɪŋ/
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
1945-1950
1945-50
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  • They placed cans in darkened hallways as a sort of early-warning system.
  • But a dream solution involves finding an early-warning system.
  • It has an embedded early-warning system made of hundreds of sensors.

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