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 air-droppable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of airdrop in a Sentence

The group organized an airdrop of food for the refugees.
Recent Examples on the Web The holidays could be exceptionally difficult since lighthouses were generally far from stores and the brave souls who worked them often relied on monthly resupply by ship or even airdrop. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "After 90 Years, the ‘Flying Santa’ Is Still Dropping Gifts From a Plane," 17 Dec. 2019 After all, the airdrops strictly limit attendees to leaving with just a single token. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "The Night $1 Million in Crypto Began Raining From the Sky," 21 Mar. 2018 The airdrop involved 70 aircraft taking off from four airfields. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Army Vehicle Suffers a Parachute Malfunction. Gravity Takes It From There.," 26 Sep. 2019 The phrase derives from religious movements on isolated islands in the South Pacific that received airdrops of vital supplies during World War II. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Cyber Saturday—Would You Buy Cybersecurity From a Witch Doctor?," 19 May 2018 Firefighters responded with trucks and airdrops of flame retardant. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "He Tried to Plug a Wasp Nest. He Ended Up Sparking California’s Biggest Wildfire.," 11 June 2019 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

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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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3 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Airdrop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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