non·​stop | \ ˌnän-ˈstäp \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Passengers boarded Alaska nonstop flight 1367 from Boston to Los Angeles on Saturday at 6 p.m., and waited almost two hours on the ground before takeoff in an uncomfortably hot cabin. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Alaska Airlines flight diversion leads to a 30-hour nightmare for passengers," 8 Jan. 2019 New international flights, such as Condor's nonstop service to Frankfurt and American's upcoming launch of seasonal flights to Heathrow, are bringing Europe closer to the American Southwest. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 United has expanded in China in recent years, adding nonstop service to the U.S. from some second-tier cities. Alison Sider, WSJ, "United’s Flights to China Boost Revenue," 18 July 2018 From LAX, American, United, Delta, Alaska, Frontier and Southwest offer nonstop service to Denver, and American, Delta, United, Southwest and Alaska offer connecting service (change of planes). Christopher Reynolds,, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 The airline began operating out of Indianapolis in February 2015 and offers nonstop service to 14 cities. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Allegiant pilots threaten strike, potential impact on Indianapolis flights uncertain," 11 July 2018 San Antonio aviation officials have aggressively sought new nonstop flight service in recent years. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Frontier Airlines adds 2 nonstop flights to San Antonio airport," 5 June 2018 The airline would be based in Milwaukee, with plans to offer nonstop service to both business and leisure travelers. Judy Newman,, "Midwest Express Airlines comeback bid begins, service could resume in 2020," 31 May 2018 The weekly Sunday flight from Sacramento International Airport to New Orleans was announced in early March, along with nonstop service to Hawaii. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Southwest puts nonstop flight from Sacramento to New Orleans on hiatus. Will it return?," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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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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