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surface-to-air

[sur-fis-too-air] /ˈsɜr fɪs tuˈɛər/
adjective
1.
(of a missile, message, etc.) capable of traveling from the surface of the earth to a target in the atmosphere.
adverb
2.
from the surface of the earth to a target in the atmosphere:
an antimissile missile fired surface-to-air.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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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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