: being or relating to a system of routing air traffic in which a major airport serves as a central point for coordinating flights to and from other airports

Examples of hub-and-spoke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Historically, this has been referred to as a hub-and-spoke system, in which the United States is the hub to each of its five treaty alliances (Australia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Thailand), but those alliances, in turn, do not interact. Jeffrey W. Hornung, Foreign Affairs, 10 Apr. 2024 In this hub-and-spoke model, the drones are launched from a handful of blood banks in major cities, zooming through the skies at 75 miles per hour. Simar Bajaj, NPR, 11 Apr. 2024 Many major retailers operate on a hub-and-spoke system, centralizing inventory in these large warehouses for quick distribution around the country and enabling phenomena like overnight or one-day delivery. Erleia, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The region’s vibrant, open trading networks would likely degenerate into more of a hub-and-spoke system, with China as the hub and subjugated countries at the end of the spokes. Andrew S. Erickson, Foreign Affairs, 16 Feb. 2024 For its part, the United States has a set of bilateral alliances and partnerships in the region based on hub-and-spoke relationships, with Washington as the hub and Australia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand forming the spokes. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 The properties proved much more valuable to trucking companies in a sector that relies heavily on a hub-and-spoke network of terminals to move freight. Paul Berger, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2023 Adopting a hub-and-spoke model: Some banks are building a large flagship branch in a central business district, with smaller suburban branches or iTMs in rural areas targeting location-specific customer needs. Erin Slater, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Because most airlines in the U.S. operate on a hub-and-spoke model — passengers are funneled from smaller airports to major hubs, then onward to either other hubs or smaller airports — connection time is crucial. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 13 Nov. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'hub-and-spoke.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hub-and-spoke was in 1980

Dictionary Entries Near hub-and-spoke

Cite this Entry

“Hub-and-spoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hub-and-spoke. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!