airlift

[air-lift]
noun Also, air lift.
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.
verb (used with object)
5.
to transport (persons or cargo) by airlift.
adjective
6.
of or pertaining to an airlift or airlifts: to increase the army's airlift capacity.

Origin:
1940–45; air1 + lift

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airlift (ˈɛəˌlɪft)
 
n
1.  the transportation by air of passengers, troops, cargo, etc, esp when other routes are blocked
 
vb
2.  (tr) to transport by an airlift

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airlift
"transportation of supplies by air," 1945, from air (1) + lift.
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From a engineering standpoint, airlift beats trust in matters of getting out of the troposphere.
Airlift is a flexible, but expensive, transportation method.
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