air·​drop | \ -ˌdräp How to pronounce airdrop (audio) \

Definition of airdrop

: delivery of cargo, emergency supplies, or personnel by parachute from an airplane in flight

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Other Words from airdrop

air-drop transitive verb
air-droppable \ -​ˌdrä-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce air-droppable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of airdrop in a Sentence

The group organized an airdrop of food for the refugees.

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Most airdrops go off with problems, or at least without news crews, but this is not the first time there's been trouble. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Air Force Accidentally Drops Humvee on Civilian Neighborhood," 25 Oct. 2018 Roberto was contacted by the organization and arranged to pick up an airdrop of pills that were then distributed to doctors in his network. Juan Carlos, Marie Claire, "This Is What a World Without Reproductive Rights Would Be Like," 25 Apr. 2016 After all, just this week, blockchain project Dfinity launched a $35 million giveaway of its tokens—billing the event as the largest airdrop to date. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "Cryptocurrency Hackers Are Stealing from EOS's $4 Billion ICO Using This Sneaky Scam," 31 May 2018 The example given involved an airdrop on the first day, which then pivots into a standard Conquest match on the second map, and so on. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Battlefield V returns to WWII with no plans for a premium season pass," 23 May 2018 This created a windfall by delivering one unit of Bitcoin Cash for every bitcoin—but also a minor tax nightmare, since no one is quite sure on how to report such airdrops to the IRS. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Bitcoin and Taxes: What You Need to Know About Cryptocurrency and the IRS," 29 Jan. 2018 Federal officials have said there have been airdrops of relief supplies to places that are cut off and isolated. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Residents of Remote Vieques Struggle to Connect After Storm," 28 Sep. 2017 Finally, Orion has completed three of the final eight human certification airdrop tests and plans to complete human certification in early 2019. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Yes, it really has taken NASA 11 years to develop a parachute," 17 Aug. 2017 The aircraft can carry airdrop loads up to 42,000 pounds. Susan Haigh,, "Connecticut Guard's Flying Mission Settles In With C-130s," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of airdrop

1943, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of airdrop

: the act or action of delivering supplies by parachute from an airplane during an emergency when other methods are not possible

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