airlift

[ air-lift ]
/ ˈɛərˌlɪft /

noun Also air lift.

a system for transporting persons or cargo by aircraft, especially in an emergency.
the persons or cargo so transported.
the act or process of transporting such a load.
a pump for raising liquids by the pressure of air forced into the pump chamber.

verb (used with object)

to transport (persons or cargo) by airlift.

adjective

of or relating to an airlift or airlifts: to increase the army's airlift capacity.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. airily,
  2. airiness,
  3. airing,
  4. airish,
  5. airless,
  6. airlifter,
  7. airlight,
  8. airline,
  9. airline chicken breast,
  10. airliner

Origin of airlift

First recorded in 1940–45; air1 + lift

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British Dictionary definitions for airlift

airlift

/ (ˈɛəˌlɪft) /

noun

the transportation by air of passengers, troops, cargo, etc, esp when other routes are blocked

verb

(tr) to transport by an airlift
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Word Origin and History for airlift

airlift

n.

also air-lift, 1893 as a type of pumping device; 1945 in the sense "transportation of supplies by air," from air (n.1) + lift (n.). As a verb by 1949; popularized in reference to the response to the West Berlin blockade. Related: Air-lifted; air-lifting.

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