Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Destruction of a flying aircraft by a missile attack or gunfire.
  • n. An instance of such destruction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The shooting down of an aircraft, satellite, etc.

Etymologies

shoot down (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Championship tonight); indictment of Cuban MiG pilots and Air Force chief in shootdown of Brothers to the Rescue planes in 1996; and more.

    Behind the News

  • In October 1994 another joint team interviewed two other Vietnamese citizens who recalled the shootdown and the burial of the remains of a pilot nearby.

    Adams, Lee A.

  • You see, I believe the vice president conducted a de facto coup on 9/11 when he ordered the "shootdown" of civilian planes.

    Aaron Shure: The Cheney Coup

  • Cheney is represented as receiving by phone a "shootdown" order from Bush, after recommending "extreme measures."

    William E. Jackson Jr.: The Path to 9/11: Where Does ABC News Stand?

  • China's "kinetic kill" of a satellite about a year ago, and the U.S. shootdown not long after provide some possible motivation.

    EDITORIAL: Strike from space?

  • Boost-phase (read: Aegis cruisers off the coast of Korea) and mid-course (read: Ft. Greely Alaska GMD silos) shootdown requires an interceptor launch so quickly that man-in-the-loop is not feasible.

    I, for one, want to welcome our robotic overlords ... - NASA Watch

  • Claims 1965 shootdown, (Marine Captain) held in Hanoi, stabbed guard and escaped!

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Working to Free Scott Speicher will mark the 14th year since the shootdown with a Candlelight Vigil.

    Statistics on the Prisoner of War issue

  • One clue to what the United States plans to do about space weapons may be its February shootdown of the failed spy satellite.

    Space Invaders

  • Freddie Hockley survived the shootdown but his captors almost immediately decapitated him.

    Whirlwind

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