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[adjective, adverb non-stop; noun non-stop] /adjective, adverb ˈnɒnˈstɒp; noun ˈnɒnˌstɒp/
being without a single stop en route:
a nonstop bus; a nonstop flight from New York to Paris.
happening, done, or held without a stop or pause or without offering relief or respite:
The ambassador faced a nonstop schedule of meetings and interviews during her visit.
without a single stop en route.
Informal. without a pause or interruption or without respite; continually:
My back ached nonstop for three days.
a long-distance airline flight that makes no stops between the starting point and the destination.
Origin of nonstop
First recorded in 1900-05; non- + stop Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "It's a non-stop train; we are alone until we arrive at King's Cross," said Hector.

    Fast as the Wind Nat Gould
  • If you are out for a record on an automobile you do it as a "non-stop" run.

    The Automobilist Abroad M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • Not havin' looked up the past performances60 in non-stop howlin' I couldn't say whether he'd hung up a new record or not.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • It was to be a non-stop trip, mostly to familiarize Rick with the terrain.

    The Golden Skull John Blaine
  • For non-stop flights of over one thousand miles the same considerations make the airship always more economical than the aroplane.

British Dictionary definitions for non-stop


adjective, adverb
done without pause or interruption: a nonstop flight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for non-stop

also nonstop, 1903, from non- + stop (v.); originally of railway trains. As an adverb from 1920.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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