non·​stop | \ˌnän-ˈstäp \

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

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On the positive side, Williams said temperatures will be slightly lower than normal later this week, with highs in the low to mid-90s, a bit of a relief from almost nonstop triple-digit highs. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "After a hot and dry June, the forecast is largely unchanged," 4 July 2018 Rather than projecting unity ahead of the Trump-Putin meeting, the gathering generated nonstop images of division., "At NATO, Trump claims allies make new defense spending commitments after he upends summit," 13 July 2018 And Matt, for the most part, has been in constant in the White House over at the Executive Office building working on this nonstop literally 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fox News, "Conway: Denuclearization of North Korea benefits the world," 12 June 2018 The references to classic cultural touchstones are nonstop. Michael Heaton,, "'Ready Player One' another triumph for Steven Spielberg (review)," 29 Mar. 2018 There currently are 21 nonstop flights into Boise from airports across the country, with more scheduled to be added shortly. Joanne Dibona,, "Boise trip is a capital idea," 5 July 2018 And also a beach party in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday which is nothing but nonstop rain. Fox News, "Purple Heart recipient helps veterans battle opioid abuse," 29 May 2018 The atmospheric river is expected to deliver nonstop rain across much of the state and provide some relief to areas that have seen a resurgence in drought conditions. Joseph Serna,, "Rain hits Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as residents prepare for potential flooding and mudslides," 21 Mar. 2018 Some in the community believe that the nonstop rain in the mountains of Comitancillo is making up for the previous years, when suddenly the annual rainy season didn’t come at all. Deepa Fernandes, USA TODAY, "Guatemalan mother struggles to feed her children amid climate change," 24 Jan. 2018

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His phone was ringing nonstop with hundreds of calls a day. Victoria Kim,, "An unexpected consequence of the thaw between the two Koreas: a budding real estate boom along the DMZ," 20 June 2018 His staff has been known to start at three in the morning and feed the fryer machine nonstop until 11 at night. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Knott's Berry Farm: Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant stays true to its past," 6 June 2018 The nonstop to Sanford, a small airport outside Orlando, was one of its first routes. Jennifer Larino,, "Allegiant Air stops flights from New Orleans to Florida," 16 May 2018 Today there are 321 daily nonstops across the country—and more are coming. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 29 Mar. 2018 The phone was buzzing nonstop and the 32-mile, 90-minute commute home was an outrage in itself. Carolyne Zinko,, "Outrage is everywhere — and we want to know how you’re coping," 26 June 2018 That's because American Airlines is flying a nonstop from Anchorage this summer. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Summer has arrived: Here are the cheapest ways to get out of town," 23 June 2018 Since then, the three have been talking nonstop, through text, Facebook Messenger and phone calls. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "‘I’d fly anywhere to meet them’: Sisters unite with half-sister at KCI," 22 June 2018 United is flying a seasonal daily nonstop from Newark to Porto through October 3. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "More People Will Be Visiting Portugal This Year—Here's Why," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of nonstop


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 \

Kids Definition of nonstop

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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