Definition of airlift in English:

Share this entry

airlift

Pronunciation: /ˈɛːlɪft/

noun

An act of transporting supplies by aircraft, typically in a blockade or other emergency: a massive airlift of food, blankets, and medical supplies
More example sentences
  • The USA provided assistance in the form of an emergency airlift of food and other essentials known as Operation Provide Relief.
  • Apart from the usual sprains, strains, stings and bouts of homesickness, the medics were involved in organising the emergency airlift of a critically ill cadet.
  • The air force provides U.S. military forces with worldwide strategic airlifts and tactical airlifts of men and materiel, effecting deliveries by both air landing and parachute drop.

verb

[with object]
Transport (troops or supplies) by aircraft: helicopters were employed to airlift the troops out of danger
More example sentences
  • From here supplies were airlifted to soldiers deployed in the wars in the Balkans and in Afghanistan.
  • Food and other supplies were airlifted by national helicopters to the workers.
  • Their tanks, other vehicles and supplies will be airlifted in behind them.

Words that rhyme with airlift

chairlift, stairlift

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: air|lift

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.