airlift (third-person singular simple present airlifts, present participle airlifting, simple past and past participle airlifted)
1.a system for transporting persons or cargo by aircraft, especially in an emergency.
2.the persons or cargo so transported.
3.the act or process of transporting such a load.
4.a pump for raising liquids by the pressure of air forced into the pump chamber.
5.to transport (persons or cargo) by airlift.
6.of or relating to an airlift or airlifts, to increase the army's airlift capacity.
1. the transportation by air of passengers, troops, cargo, etc, esp when other routes are blocked verb
2. (transitive) to transport by an airlift Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
also air-lift, 1893 as a type of pumping device; 1945 in the sense "transportation of supplies by air," from air (n.1) + lift (n.). As a verb by 1949; popularized in reference to the response to the West Berlin blockade. Related, Air-lifted; air-lifting.
Brady looked over the newest results then called for a helo to airlift them.
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