Definition of non-stop in English:

non-stop

adjective

  • 1Continuing without stopping or pausing:

    ‘we had two days of almost non-stop rain’
    • ‘Strong winds accompanied the non-stop rain, which made for an even more bone-chilling effect.’
    • ‘It seems to me no footpaths are easy to walk on after the horrendous non-stop rain we've suffered.’
    • ‘Two straight nights in a row of non-stop dancing can really work the legs, and Brooke was a little sore.’
    • ‘Silver being a smaller market and receiving non-stop demand from industry, should continue to out-perform gold.’
    • ‘The Winchester primary school suffered severe damage from the non-stop rains in November and December 2000.’
    • ‘Ten days of non-stop music shows will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of Sofia Music Enterprises.’
    • ‘Finally, after 4 and a half hours of non-stop dancing, and talking about the competition, I was absolutely exhausted.’
    • ‘Byron Bay Reggae Club presents Grounation, nine hours of non-stop reggae music on the beach, this Saturday, March 23, at the Byron Bay Surf Club.’
    • ‘Their day began with a three mile jog at 7.30 a.m. followed by a full day of non-stop singing and dancing.’
    • ‘Their two-week stay had been plagued by non-stop rain.’
    • ‘The tempest was relentless; it had been non-stop rain for 48 hours.’
    • ‘Even after hours of non-stop dancing into the wee hours, most people find that they are rejuvenated and full of energy.’
    • ‘Mr. Alex was already a record holder in the Guinness Book of World Records for his 24-hour non-stop performance, Mr. Appadurai said.’
    • ‘Indian songs were sung and dancing was non-stop.’
    • ‘As he talks about the five albums and non-stop touring that mark his career, his rapid-fire words are punctuated with a serious tone, indicating that music is not just fun and games for him.’
    • ‘When I first got back, it was non-stop ridicule.’
    • ‘The weather was a total contrast to the previous week with non-stop heavy rain, which resulted in only 11 holes being played.’
    • ‘In a bid to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, the orchestra had also staged a continuous, marathon non-stop performance for 36 hours.’
    • ‘Saturday's non-stop sunshine brought out a record attendance at the platform to the delight of the jam organisers and also the Pewsey youth development co-ordinator Ivor Richards.’
    • ‘Instead he provides non-stop dancing with mind-boggling stamina.’
    continuous, unbroken, uninterrupted, never-ending, without end
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    1. 1.1 (of a passenger vehicle or journey) not having or making stops at intermediate places on the way to its destination:
      ‘a non-stop flight to Los Angeles’
      • ‘By air SAS Scandinavian Airlines offers daily non-stop flights from Heathrow to both Oslo and Stavanger.’
      • ‘Continental Airlines has begun non-stop service between its Newark hub and Barbados.’
      • ‘But US airports have only reopened to American carriers operating non-stop international flights from high-security foreign airports.’
      • ‘Air Canada now flies one daily non-stop flight between Toronto and Hong Kong.’
      • ‘US Airways operates non-stop round-trip flights from Philadelphia every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.’
      • ‘Northwest provides non-stop service to 167 destinations from the Twin Cities.’
      • ‘U.S. Airways reports that two women were allowed to board the six-hour, non-stop flight from Philadelphia to Seattle with their pig.’
      • ‘Starting October 2, the three flights which used to be non-stop on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday now stop in Tokyo.’
      • ‘Caribbean Sun Airlines will soon be offering daily, non-stop flights from Antigua to St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.’
      • ‘Continental Airways is also planning the first non-stop flight between USA and India.’
      • ‘Previously, AirTran flew non-stop flights between the cities only on Saturday.’
      • ‘Boeing says the latest version of the 777 will commence flying next year, with capacity for 300 passengers and cargo on a non-stop trip to Sydney.’
      • ‘The airline now operates 36 daily non-stop flights from Milwaukee to 16 destinations.’
      • ‘The bus was on a non-stop 33-hour journey from Calais to Barcelona, with the drivers sleeping on board in between shifts.’
      • ‘For passengers used to flying almost anywhere from Denver on a non-stop United flight, they would have to connect via someone else's hub.’
      • ‘Many passengers found the inaugural non-stop flights more convenient and expressed their wish for regular direct flights between Shanghai and Taipei.’
      • ‘Despite their relative remoteness, the Turks and Caicos Islands are easily accessed from this part of the world, via non-stop British Airways flights from London.’
      • ‘This will provide daily non-stop flights (all days of the week) to Bombay from April 1.’
      • ‘Hawaiian Airlines links key West Coast markets with Maui in time for the summer travel season with three daily non-stop flights.’
      • ‘The non-stop service will operate four times a week, leaving Manchester at 9.15 pm on Mondays and Thursdays and 10.15 am on Wednesdays and Sundays.’
    2. 1.2 Oppressively constant; relentless; unremitting:
      ‘the show was axed after non-stop criticism’
      • ‘His non-stop soundtrack of incessantly ringing bells and gongs is itself enough to drive anyone batty.’
      • ‘Since then they have gone crazy by relentlessly portraying the old-time era as one of non-stop agony and suffering.’
      • ‘This is the most severe criticism offered by any journalist of the despicable, non-stop lies of the military propaganda endeavor.’
      • ‘Let me tell you about the non-stop insanity, the constant chaos, the perpetual pandemonium.’
      • ‘It had been a wonderful night, and not even Amy's non-stop criticism was able to make me forget that moment.’
      continuous, incessant, unceasing, ceaseless, constant, continual, perpetual, unfaltering, permanent, uninterrupted, without interruption, round-the-clock, always-on, unbroken, steady, unremitting, relentless, persistent
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adverb

  • Without stopping or pausing:

    ‘Stephen had been working non-stop’
    • ‘He's been zigzagging across the continent for nearly 20 years, non-stop.’
    • ‘They chatted non-stop about me, not even pausing to let Zach or his 6th grade cousin (also named Zach) to release a comment.’
    • ‘Since then, Skyla has been working toward her goals non-stop.’
    • ‘It rained non-stop for three days prior to the fight date, a steady downpour such as only Southeast Asia can produce.’
    • ‘I can't believe that doing the same routine for about 4 months non-stop hasn't killed him yet, but here's hoping it'll still be hilarious.’
    • ‘The first workshops will be held in April and continue non-stop until the parade on Friday, June 21.’
    • ‘Seven years later, Argentina's Antonio Abertondo become the first man to swim both ways non-stop in 43 hours five minutes.’
    • ‘After the passing of his brother, Frank, Uncle Fletcher continued to work non-stop within the community, striving for better conditions and quality for his people.’
    • ‘They had conversed non-stop during the flight making a four-hour trip seem less tedious.’
    • ‘They talked non-stop for the entire flight about their mundane jobs in excruciating detail and in annoyingly loud voices.’
    • ‘This should continue non-stop until 2004, when she is up for re-election.’
    • ‘But if we'd worked non-stop I'm sure I wouldn't have got married or had kids and we might not have been able to get to our dad's bedside before he died.’
    • ‘Robin laughs non-stop day and night, pausing only for meals and medication breaks.’
    • ‘Throughout the last 150 years, the Western Telegraph has continued non-stop to bring the news to Pembrokeshire and West Wales.’
    • ‘He continued to sprint non-stop down the high street.’
    • ‘Now before I stopped two months ago, I was able to jog for 16 minutes non-stop covering about 3 KM.’
    • ‘Downstairs in the bar, they'll be screening 60s videos non-stop.’
    • ‘They played 52 hours non-stop at the Rolls-Royce Club.’
    • ‘It has been snowing for two days non-stop in Toronto.’
    • ‘Last October a Taiwanese man died of exhaustion after playing computer games non-stop for 32 hours in an Internet cafe.’
    continuously, all the time, incessantly, unceasingly, ceaselessly, constantly, continually, perpetually, unfalteringly, permanently, uninterruptedly, without interruption, round the clock, steadily, unremittingly, relentlessly, persistently, without ceasing
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Pronunciation:

non-stop

/nɒnˈstɒp/