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

Adjective nonstop negotiations in an eleventh-hour attempt to avert a strike
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Fortunately, there's a sure way to avoid the dreaded layover and skip out on the stress of missing a connection: nonstop flights. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Skip the layover hassle with one of these 30+ nonstop flights out of Louisville airport," 14 Jan. 2020 To avoid getting seasick on the ferry ride, Tradewind Aviation offers nonstop flights to St. Barths from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY, "Find the right Caribbean island, from luxurious St. Barths to budget-friendly Puerto Rico," 14 Jan. 2020 And United Airlines pulled its hub out of the city, reducing nonstop flights, angering Cleveland business travelers and worrying city leaders about the economic ramifications. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "2014, the year Cleveland lost Tamir Rice: Biggest stories of the 2010s," 21 Dec. 2019 The deal, which expires at 11:59pm, covers select nonstop flights between Jan. 7 and Feb. 12, 2020. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Alaska Airlines Launches One-Day Buy One, Get One Free Sale," 20 Dec. 2019 Boeing saw that passengers prefer nonstop flights, even from midsize airports, and that airlines were trying to accommodate them with new routes, busting up the traditional hubs in favor of more point-to-point flying. Dallas Morning News, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Back to the basics of brilliant engineering for Boeing," 20 Dec. 2019 Midwest was known for its frequent, nonstop flights. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The new Midwest Express updates its timetable for return to service," 20 Dec. 2019 Alaska Airlines plans to increase its nonstop service between Milwaukee and Seattle for the upcoming summer travel season. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Alaska Airlines adding another nonstop flight between Milwaukee and Seattle for summer travel season," 19 Dec. 2019 San Antonio International Airport’s nonstop service to Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area is ending once again, the victim of the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max airplane. Randy Diamond,, "San Antonio International losing 2 nonstops because of 737 Max grounding," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun United flies a single nonstop from Anchorage to Denver all year round. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Trying to score a cheap plane ticket? It pays to know a little bit about the larger forces at work.," 19 Oct. 2019 Until 1991, variations of the plane were kept in the air nonstop for three decades, providing a 24-hour link between the president and nuclear submarines during the Cold War, according to The Post. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "A bird struck a Navy ‘doomsday’ plane. It caused millions in damages.," 18 Oct. 2019 The Kelly Clarkson Show is the gift that keeps on giving, not only with surprising and organic interview moments, but also because of Clarkson’s nonstop karaoke covers at the top of each episode. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Watch Kelly Clarkson 'Turn Back Time' with her Kellyoke cover of Cher," 22 Oct. 2019 Two years of nonstop calls by Democrats for President Trump’s removal have numbed the public to what was once the ultimate political penalty. Willie Brown,, "Democrats have cheapened impeachment. Can they now sell the real deal?," 28 Sep. 2019 Like Southwest’s flight from San Antonio to Oakland, American’s nonstop to Philadelphia was suspended for several months starting this summer because of the grounding. Andrea Leinfelder,, "Last-minute holiday flights could cost more as Boeing 737 Max remains grounded," 16 Dec. 2019 Patrick crammed onto early morning flights, including one on an obscure airline that offered the only nonstop from Las Vegas to Cedar Rapids., "“How does he expect to win, to have the merest ghost of a chance — a snowball’s chance in hell — if he doesn’t participate in the debates?” Sargent said, noting that Patrick is unlikely to meet the thresholds for the next several debates. “Is he running for VP? I don’t get it.”," 19 Nov. 2019 Click through the gallery to find last-minute nonstop, roundtrip flights starting as low as $29 from Houston airports for your holiday travel plans. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "15 last-minute flight deals for the holiday season — with nonstop fares starting at $29," 7 Nov. 2019 From its humble beginnings as an island puddle-jumper, Hawaiian's network now stretches over 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 Airlines in the U.S.: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

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“Nonstop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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