Definition of airdrop in US English:



  • An act of dropping supplies, troops, or equipment by parachute from an aircraft.

    • ‘With heavy equipment airdrops, the user is responsible for rigging the loads, a labor-intensive process requiring specialized materials.’
    • ‘Do airdrops from low to high altitudes at night and under adverse conditions.’
    • ‘So why use strategic airlift assets to carry out an airdrop mission with impact at the strategic level?’
    • ‘First, the French relied much more on aerial resupply of outlying garrisons and small detachments, using airdrops and light bombers as transports, which landed at small forward airfields.’
    • ‘The 82d Airborne Division routinely trains to make heavy airdrops, but the Afghanistan fuel drop was the first combat drop in years (perhaps since the Vietnam War).’
    • ‘Choosing the altitude for an airdrop equally depends on the tactical situation and the parachutists' skills.’
    • ‘The simulated airdrops allowed the crews to train with station-keeping equipment, used in adverse weather, while using the new procedures for flying in tactical formation.’
    • ‘Included are statistical data on actual versus planned airdrops and issues associated with the aircraft loading, launch, and recovery process.’
    • ‘They completed everything from engines-running offloads to blackout night-vision airdrops, with results exceeding the expectations of even the most enthusiastic crew members.’
    • ‘This directorate also certifies aircraft for the airdrop of personnel and equipment.’
    • ‘The need for airdrops and tactical flight requires good low airspeed flight and the aircraft also has long range and high cruise speed for rapid and flexible deployment.’
    • ‘It continued until 16 July, with pilots making numerous airdrops to French troops in Laos.’
    • ‘It proved impossible to create a firm, unified command for the aircraft fleet, which was due to perform the airdrop and provide air cover for the brigades.’
    • ‘The most responsive of the existing modes is airdrop because the aircraft used to conduct airdrop travel very fast and require no cargo offload time.’
    • ‘The more concentrated in terms of time and space an airdrop was, the more probable success was.’
    • ‘In the past, the 421st helped with humanitarian airdrops in Bosnia.’
    • ‘At age 30, he joined the military, fulfilling part of his quest for adventure by flying in the back of C - 130s, performing airdrops and transport missions worldwide.’
    • ‘These products were disseminated by hand and by airdrops from US Hercules.’
    • ‘On February 14th, the 23rd RCT received supplies via an airdrop to replenish ammunition expended during the previous night's fight.’
    • ‘The aircraft provides troop and equipment transport, airdrop and medical evacuation for cargo weighing up to 7,820 pounds.’


[with object]
  • Drop (such things) by parachute.

    • ‘The California Department of Fish and Game stepped up stocking efforts in the 1950s, airdropping thousands of hatchery-raised fingerlings into even the most remote lakes.’
    • ‘The Army authorities also used a helicopter and airdropped around 8,000 food packets to marooned villagers.’
    • ‘It was a jeep that the British originally designed to be airdropped.’
    • ‘As a result, India plans to airdrop food items in the capital under a contingency plan, the English-language Himalayan Times reported Sunday.’
    • ‘The only food or water made available to the prisoners was airdropped three times a week, and there was never enough to go around.’
    • ‘Helicopters and transport aircraft have been used to airdrop food supplies to areas not easily reached by land.’
    • ‘The U.S. Army Air Force would assist in this latter mission by airdropping his books over occupied France.’
    • ‘You have a number of small infantry robots, which you airdrop on an area.’
    • ‘The French were therefore airdropped into the valley to build a series of strong points, not all within supporting distance of each other, around the 0.62 mile airstrip upon which the fortress was to depend for supplies.’
    • ‘He added that 8,500 food packets had been airdropped and 10,000 distributed.’
    • ‘Four persons lost their lives in flash floods in this district today even as the district administration took the help of the Army authorities to airdrop supplies to around 25 villages which have been submerged.’
    • ‘In the Indian state of Bihar, the government has announced that army helicopters have airdropped about 226 tonnes of food.’
    • ‘Forbidding terrain made conventional land supply impossible, requiring the United States to develop capabilities to airdrop supplies.’
    • ‘The unit had been stealthily airdropped at the Mediterranean beach, and had spent four hours making their way inland along the Tiber River to the city.’
    • ‘The Agency, however, arranged to airdrop a planeload of medicines, tools, and clothing for the village.’
    • ‘The aircraft then flies over its customers, airdrops its supplies, and returns empty to the source takeoff site for another mission.’
    • ‘During the Korean war, for example, it made more than 100 hazardous overflights of mainland China, airdropping agents and supplies.’
    • ‘These planes airdrop cargo to 45-foot-long ‘cigarette boats’ in the transit zone.’
    • ‘One recipient was Jan De Vries, who was airdropped into Normandy before dawn on D-Day with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion.’
    • ‘Millions of leaflets were airdropped along with tons of humanitarian rations.’