early-warning system: Meaning and Definition of

ear'ly-warn'ing sys"tem

Pronunciation: (r'l? wr'ning), [key]
  1. 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.
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