air·​lift | \ ˈer-ˌlift How to pronounce airlift (audio) \

Definition of airlift

: a system of transporting cargo or passengers by aircraft often to or from an otherwise inaccessible area

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Other Words from airlift

airlift transitive verb

Examples of airlift in a Sentence

an emergency airlift to deliver supplies to the famine victims

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Instead, the rescuers requested an airlift evacuation. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Rescuers Airlift Man Off Mt. Hood With Tricky Chinook Helicopter Maneuver," 17 July 2018 Rather than scuba gear, the divers use hookahs attached to small fishing boats for breathing and then dive down with the airlift. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Northern California divers try to save abalone population — with a giant sea urchin vacuum," 5 Apr. 2018 In 1973 C-5s were the backbone of an emergency airlift of supplies to Israel, which had been the victim of a surprise attack by its Arab neighbors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the C-5 Galaxy Is Such a Badass Plane," 18 July 2018 Together the two campaigns formed the largest airlift in history. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Why the C-5 Galaxy Is Such a Badass Plane," 18 July 2018 Ryan set up a GoFundMe page to pay for the airlift back to the United States and other medical expenses. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "UA student recounts sudden paralysis during trip to Spain," 3 July 2018 An airlift plan would be difficult because the cave stretches under a mountainside for up to 6 miles and varies in elevation. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Thai youth soccer team could have to dive out of caves or wait months to be rescued," 3 July 2018 First delivered to the Air Force in 1956, the C-130 remains one of the service's most important airlift platforms. Barbara Starr And Zachary Cohen, CNN, "US bombers changed course after North Korea threatened Trump summit," 18 May 2018 Head wounds sent Matt to a hospital in Juneau via airlift. Dave Quinn,, "Alaskan Bush People Star Solomon 'Bear' Brown Is 'Doing Well' After Scratching Eye in the Woods," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of airlift

1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airlift was in 1943

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English Language Learners Definition of airlift

: an occurrence in which people or things are carried to or from a place by airplanes during an emergency when other methods are not possible


air·​lift | \ ˈer-ˌlift How to pronounce airlift (audio) \
airlifted; airlifting

Kids Definition of airlift

: to move people or cargo by aircraft usually to or from an area that cannot be reached otherwise Food was airlifted to the earthquake victims.

Other Words from airlift

airlift noun

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