Pronunciation: (âr'lift"), [key]
—n. Also,air' lift".
1. a system for transporting persons or cargo by aircraft, esp. 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.
to transport (persons or cargo) by airlift.
of or pertaining to an airlift or airlifts: to increase the army's airlift capacity.
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