non·​stop | \ ˌnän-ˈstäp How to pronounce nonstop (audio) \

Definition of nonstop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done, made, or held without a stop : not easing or letting up



Definition of nonstop (Entry 2 of 2)

: a nonstop airplane flight

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nonstop adverb

Examples of nonstop in a Sentence


nonstop negotiations in an eleventh-hour attempt to avert a strike

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The two-day affair in Hart Plaza features nonstop music, info booths and vendors offering merchandise, food and beverages. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Big Bounce in Fraser, Motor City Pride, Art of Fire in Royal Oak," 5 June 2019 There will be four stages of nonstop music, vendors, artists, a children’s area, beer garden and a community mural. San Diego Union-Tribune, "16 things to do in San Diego this summer," 4 June 2019 However, the real bargain Saturday was that $10 bought 12 hours of nonstop new music performed inside the main hall as well as in Disney’s various nooks and crannies and its outside staircase, garden and amphitheater. Mark Swed,, "Review: Why ‘Noon to Midnight’ is the new-music bargain that’s hard to beat," 3 June 2019 Despite dealing with nonstop nausea, Schumer does see a bright side in pregnancy — not having to deal with tampons. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "5 Times Amy Schumer Got Real About Pregnancy in Her Netflix Special 'Growing'," 26 Mar. 2019 Our eagerness for nonstop sound suggests that mere quiet is an uncomfortable experience for many people. Christine Rosen, WSJ, "‘Silence’ Review: The Rest Is Noise," 25 Mar. 2019 The workouts combine the strengthening elements of Pilates with the flexibility-enhancing benefits of yoga, and the moves are done at a nonstop, fluid pace to get your heart rate up. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "Everything You Need to Know About 10 Popular at-Home Workout Programs," 13 Jan. 2019 After the letter was made public, triggering nonstop press coverage of the investigation, Clinton’s lead was cut roughly in half, according to a post-election analysis in 2017 by Nate Silver on his FiveThirtyEight website. Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Inspector general on Comey: dissecting an error in judgment," 15 June 2018 Harden has always found a way to soar to new heights, his nonstop route taking him from nearby Artesia High School to Arizona State to Oklahoma City and then to the Rockets in 2012. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Houston Rockets star James Harden wins first career NBA MVP award," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Think fares as low as $129 one-way nonstop between Houston and Oakland. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Southwest Airlines' fall-travel sale, with prices starting at $49, ends Wednesday," 5 June 2019 Together, the two plant breeds (Senecio articulatus x Senecio rowleyanus) create the leaping dolphin succulent that the Internet has been buzzing about nonstop. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Dolphin Succulents Exist and They're Going to Be the New Snake Plants," 30 Apr. 2019 Prices change all the time, but right now they are priced lower than Delta's corresponding nonstops. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Sun Country flies Anchorage-Seattle now. Here’s what that means for your summer travel plans.," 17 Mar. 2018 In the past few years, United launched its 17.5-hour Houston to Sydney flight, Qantas Airways started flying 17 hours from Perth to London, and Cathay Pacific Airways began a 17-hour nonstop from Hong Kong to Washington, D.C. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 Even though Singapore just launched a nonstop between Newark and Singapore using an ultra-long-range plane, the airline is keeping its daily trip from JFK to Frankfurt to Singapore and back. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Low-Fare Loophole for International Travelers," 31 Oct. 2018 Between Tokyo’s Narita and Honolulu, six airlines offer nonstops. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Low-Fare Loophole for International Travelers," 31 Oct. 2018 Alaska flies four nonstops per day from Anchorage to Portland, starting at $187 one-way for a red-eye. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Summer has arrived: Here are the cheapest ways to get out of town," 23 June 2018 Rocky Mountain Rendezvous New this year: New Yorkers can leave their homes and be on the Colorado slopes within hours, thanks to a new nonstop to Vail on American Airlines out of LaGuardia Airport. Barbara Peterson, WSJ, "New Nonstops Make It Easier to Jet Off for a Winter Holiday," 14 Nov. 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above


1975, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonstop was in 1900

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English Language Learners Definition of nonstop

: done or made without stopping
: not stopping
non·​stop | \ ˈnän-ˈstäp How to pronounce nonstop (audio) \

Kids Definition of nonstop

: without a stop He talked nonstop. It's a nonstop flight.

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