Etymology
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airlift (n.)

also air-lift, 1893 as a type of pumping device; 1945 in the sense "transportation of supplies by aircraft," from air (n.1) + lift (n.). As a verb by 1949; popularized in reference to the U.S.-British response to the Soviet blockade of West Berlin. Related: Air-lifted; air-lifting.

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Definitions of airlift
1
airlift (v.)
fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means;
Food is airlifted into Bosnia
Synonyms: lift
2
airlift (n.)
transportation of people or goods by air (especially when other means of access are unavailable);
Synonyms: lift
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