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airburst

[′er‚bərst]
(ordnance)
Any burst in the air, but usually the bursting of a projectile or bomb above the ground with resulting spray of fragments. Also known as aerial burst.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

airburst

An explosion of a bomb or a projectile above the surface as distinguished from an explosion on impact with the surface or after penetration. Special fuses are used for this purpose.
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