noun (1)
air·line | \-ˌlīn \

Definition of airline 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an air transportation system including its equipment, routes, operating personnel, and management

air line

noun (2)

Definition of air line (Entry 2 of 2)

: a straight line through the air between two points

Examples of airline in a Sentence

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The airline said in a statement that the move is due to concerns about peanut allergies. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Southwest Airlines to stop serving peanuts Aug. 1," 10 July 2018 Lo expects the construction to begin in November and be complete in a year, and the company hopes to begin supplying the airline and surrounding retail markets by December 2019. Alex Gailey,, "Salad days: Millis indoor farm company will help Emirates airline see green," 2 July 2018 Customs and Border Protection is currently working with airlines and airports to roll out the biometric system at airports around the world, with San Diego International one of the first in the nation to implement the facial scan tech at entry. Jennifer Van Grove,, "Facial recognition tech speeds up customs at new San Diego airport facility," 28 June 2018 Much of Ariadne’s work has focused on incorporating checklists — widely used in the airline and other industries to standardize safety practices and promote communication among teams — into medicine. Ike Swetlitz, STAT, "Inside Ariadne Labs, Atul Gawande’s testing ground for new ideas in health care," 27 June 2018 The automobile, airline and space industries have long used command centers to improve quality, safety and operate more efficiently. Naseem S. Miller,, "Florida Hospital building state-of-the-art command center," 22 June 2018 Similar thinking applied to aviation, with the creation of the Emirates airline and the establishment of Dubai as the world’s leading hub for international flights. The Economist, "Do buyHow Dubai became a model for free trade, openness and ambition," 21 June 2018 The airport has not yet finalized agreements with airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration control tower to quantify the impact. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "A million fewer people will fly out of Fort Lauderdale airport next summer. Here's why," 19 June 2018 Electric Future Norwegian Air ASA, Norway’s largest airline and Europe’s third-largest low-cost carrier, has already expanded its fleet with fuel-efficient aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 MAX. Sveinung Sleire,, "Tesla-Loving Norway Wants to Be a Pioneer in Electric Planes," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Three two-man teams were taking 15-minute stints of exploring the vault Wednesday, using glow sticks and air lines. Vinny Vella,, "Bensalem PD: Crews recover body of gas-station owner killed in explosion," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of airline

Noun (1)

1844, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airline was in 1813

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English Language Learners Definition of airline

: a company that owns and operates many airplanes which are used for carrying passengers and goods to different places


air·line | \ˈer-ˌlīn \

Kids Definition of airline

: a company that owns and operates many airplanes which are used for carrying passengers and cargo to different places

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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