plane·​load | \ ˈplān-ˌlōd How to pronounce planeload (audio) \

Definition of planeload

: a load that fills an airplane

Examples of planeload in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Trump campaign is hosting an outdoor entertainment festival in Tulsa for the thousands expected to gather outside the arena before the rally and flying in a planeload of prominent Republicans to amplify the president’s message. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "It's not just a rally: Trump to relaunch campaign in Tulsa," 19 June 2020 Interestingly, that came a month after Russia flew a planeload of medical supplies to New York – pointedly organized by two Russian companies subject to the U.S. economic sanctions imposed after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "Resetting the Russia relationship: A China play, too?," 15 June 2020 While adopting few firm precautions at home, Moscow sent a planeload of medical supplies to the U.S. and dispatched military medics... Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Putin’s Global Ambitions Are Upended by Coronavirus’s Heavy Toll in Russia," 6 June 2020 In Brazil, the health minister this week said some of the country's purchases from China fell through after the United States started transporting planeloads of equipment from China. Anchorage Daily News, "White House scrambles to scoop up medical supplies, angering Canada and Germany," 4 Apr. 2020 President Vladimir Putin himself is facing criticism for sending planeloads of protective gear to the United States, Italy, and Serbia, while some Russian doctors have had to sew their own masks and buy protective clothing from hardware stores. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, May 1," 1 May 2020 Reuters reported the first planeload of supplies was from China. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 28-29," 24 Apr. 2020 China sent a planeload of respirators to Italy, much to the delight of Italy’s far-right League party, which made the case that China is helping Italy more than Europe is. Rachel Donadio, The Atlantic, "A Letter From Wartime France," 17 Mar. 2020 Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada Alvídrez said prisoners likely became aware that a raid was coming because two planeloads of federal police had arrived in Juarez. Washington Post, "Mexico prison raid leads to chaos in border city," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of planeload

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Planeload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of planeload

: an amount or number of people or things that will fill an airplane

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