airline

[ air-lahyn ]
/ ˈɛərˌlaɪn /

noun

Aeronautics.
  1. a system furnishing air transport, usually scheduled, between specified points.
  2. the airplanes, airports, etc., of such a system.
  3. Often airlines. a company that owns or operates such a system.
a direct line; beeline.
an airhose used to pipe air to a deep-sea diver, pneumatic drill, etc.

adjective

of or on an airline.

Origin of airline

First recorded in 1910–15; air1 + line1

Definition for airline (2 of 2)

air-line
[ air-lahyn ]
/ ˈɛərˌlaɪn /

adjective

straight; direct; traveling a direct route: Some railroads advertise air-line routes between stations.

Origin of air-line

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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British Dictionary definitions for airline

airline
/ (ˈɛəˌlaɪn) /

noun

  1. a system or organization that provides scheduled flights for passengers or cargo
  2. (as modifier)an airline pilot
a hose or tube carrying air under pressure
mainly US a beeline
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