air·​drop | \ ˈer-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 \ ˈer-​ˌdrä-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce airdrop (audio) \ adjective

Examples of airdrop in a Sentence

The group organized an airdrop of food for the refugees.
Recent Examples on the Web Somehow, one suspects, the bubble must be pierced, the relentless normal of the Marvel-verse must be reset for the next airdrop of content. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘WandaVision’ Lives Inside TV. Just Like We Do.," 25 Feb. 2021 This year, transports from the Japan Air Self Defense Force shared the airdrop mission, and New Zealand contributed crews and aircraft in 2019. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Another Holiday Season, Another Successful Operation Christmas Drop," 23 Dec. 2020 Today, airdrop operations include more than 50 islands throughout the Pacific. Editors, USA TODAY, "California faces stay-at-home orders, Trump heads to Georgia: 5 things to know this weekend," 5 Dec. 2020 Using the Denton Act, the C-130J Super Hercules crews airdrop food, supplies, educational materials and toys to islanders throughout the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau. Editors, USA TODAY, "California faces stay-at-home orders, Trump heads to Georgia: 5 things to know this weekend," 5 Dec. 2020 Garcia arrived in Alaska in 2017 to serve as a rigger, an equipment expert who supports airdrop operations, for the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "A graffiti artist and Army soldier is making his mark on Anchorage streets and JBER halls," 9 Oct. 2020 Instead the airdrop serves, at great expense, to save trees in the wilderness, where burning, not suppression, might well do more good. Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, "They Know How to Prevent Megafires. Why Won’t Anybody Listen?," 28 Aug. 2020 Some passengers and crew got sick en route, and after days of quarantine at sea and a helicopter airdrop of testing kits, the ship docked in Oakland on March 9. Jason Fagone,, "Princess Cruise veteran and daughter escape COVID-19, miss life at sea," 16 Mar. 2020 In the 1989 invasion of Panama, an M-551 Sheridan light tank was destroyed during a botched airdrop. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Army Vehicle Suffers a Parachute Malfunction. Gravity Takes It From There.," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of airdrop

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airdrop was in 1943

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2 Mar 2021

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“Airdrop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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