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

Definition of nonstop

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: 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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His business in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico distributing all-natural suntan oil went kaput in what was a years-long, nonstop party finished off by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995. Lauren Ritchie,, "Candidate says wild life has prepared him for office," 16 June 2018 Since publishing his controversial paper, Avi Loeb has run a nearly nonstop media circuit, embracing the celebrity that comes from being perhaps the most academically distinguished E.T. enthusiast of his time. Avi Selk, The Seattle Times, "Harvard’s top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us – and he doesn’t care what his colleagues think," 4 Feb. 2019 In Arizona, Florida and Missouri Democratic candidates have been talking nonstop about health care, a top concern for voters in both parties. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Democrats Struggle to Confront Trump-Era Reality," 30 Oct. 2018 But in the Trump era, Americans have gotten really good at talking nonstop about politics, and brands have gotten really good at weighing in. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why do brands care if you vote?," 24 Sep. 2018 Despite the market’s nonstop nature, most global trading in currencies takes place during the overlap between U.S. and European working hours. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Twilight Trading Hour Strikes Currency Markets Again," 3 Jan. 2019 Some Struggles This fall, much fanfare was made about Singapore Airlines’ relaunch of the world’s longest nonstop flight—18.5 hours between Singapore and Newark. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 That doesn't mean Kate has been cooped up in Kensington Palace nonstop for half a year. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Announces When She's Returning from Maternity Leave," 26 Sep. 2018 The space took dozens of craftsmen almost three years of working nonstop to complete. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "A Maximalist Dream Home Comes to Life In Seville," 5 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Hawaiian Airlines From its humble beginnings as an island puddle-jumper, Hawaiian is now girdling half the globe with New York-Honolulu nonstops and flights from its hub to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best U.S. Airlines: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Ever since, Kourtney and 20-year-old actor Luka Sabbat have been hanging out nonstop. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Kourtney Kardashian and Luka Sabbat's Relationship," 28 Sep. 2018 But the growth in the airline industry in recent years has been ultralong nonstops. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Science Behind the World’s Longest Flights," 15 Aug. 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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