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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Examples of nonstop in a Sentence

Adjective nonstop negotiations in an eleventh-hour attempt to avert a strike
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Aer Lingus suspended its new nonstop route between MSP and Dublin and Icelandair ended its route between MSP and Reykjavik. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, "Delta will resume long international flights at MSP, first with Amsterdam round-trips," 21 Sep. 2020 Eastern Airlines, formerly known as Dynamic Airways, announced plans to offer weekly nonstop service between Anchorage and New York’s JFK airport. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what Alaska travelers can expect now that we’re in 2021," 2 Jan. 2021 This year’s holiday season has been filled to the brim with nonstop laughs, great food and good vibes. Brooklyn White, Essence, "Here's How Our Favorite Celebrities Spent The Holidays," 26 Dec. 2020 On the plus side, because MSP is a Delta hub, many nonstop flights depart from the airport. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "Thrifty Traveler provides the lowdown on cheap airfare from MSP," 22 Jan. 2021 Before the pandemic gutted the airline industry, Norwegian had also planned to launch nonstop flights from Chicago to Paris and Rome, and from Denver to Rome, in 2020. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Norwegian Air Shuttle Ends All U.S. Flights," 14 Jan. 2021 And in the age of COVID-conscious travel, nonstop flights are better. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "As vaccine rollout offers hope for a return to normal, bargain airfares beckon to willing travelers," 9 Jan. 2021 As the co-founder with him of The Living Water School, a private school in Fort Washington, Maryland, Dr. Prather’s pre-pandemic life had been nonstop. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bucking predictions, some couples are bonding not breaking during pandemic," 7 Jan. 2021 The battle against the virus has been nonstop since then, involving not just long hours but considerable risk caring for crushing numbers of patients. Star Tribune, "The gift of gratitude for those on COVID duty," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Eastern will compete on the route with United Airlines, which will resume its daily Anchorage-Newark nonstop, currently priced at $197 one-way. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what Alaska travelers can expect now that we’re in 2021," 2 Jan. 2021 Singapore Airlines, which has been flying to San Francisco and Los Angeles despite restrictions on who can enter Singapore, restarted the longest flight in the world in November—a nonstop between Singapore and New York. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Rise of the Giant, Empty International Flight," 9 Dec. 2020 Southwest's plans to expand in Colorado will also include a nonstop to Phoenix. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, "Southwest Airlines adds new nonstops from Phoenix – here's where and when you can fly," 28 Oct. 2020 United in December will begin a daily nonstop from Chicago to New Delhi followed by a daily San Francisco-Bangalore flight in early 2021, the company said in statement Wednesday. Justin Bachman,, "United Plans India, Africa Flights to Diversify Route Map," 9 Sep. 2020 Think about it, said Itai: 95 million images are shared on Instagram every day, and not one of them is of the thing that every network, news source, government official, every everybody, is talking about nonstop. Nicole Krauss, Harper's Magazine, "Drawing From Life," 24 Nov. 2020 The two sides there just kind of square off and stare at each other nonstop, 24 hours a day. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Fox NFL shows conduct TV fly-by of Marines at Miramar," 8 Nov. 2020 That seems to be how the EU, China, and other nations have decided to respond—Beijing’s pledge to be net zero by 2060 is in essence a pledge to pursue renewable energy nonstop for decades to come. Bill Mckibben, The New York Review of Books, "Biden’s Most Daunting Adversary," 31 Oct. 2020 By way of comparison, right now, a nonstop, one-way ticket from JFK to LAX is running around $275 on JetBlue. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Are weight and balance issues more of a factor on smaller planes?," 22 Oct. 2020

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1900, in the meaning defined above


1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonstop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nonstop

: done or made without stopping
: not stopping


adverb or adjective
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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