Definition of nonstop in US English:



  • 1Continuing without stopping or pausing.

    ‘we had two days of almost nonstop rain’
    • ‘Their day began with a three mile jog at 7.30 a.m. followed by a full day of non-stop singing and dancing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr. Alex was already a record holder in the Guinness Book of World Records for his 24-hour non-stop performance, Mr. Appadurai said.’
    • ‘Instead he provides non-stop dancing with mind-boggling stamina.’
    • ‘Ten days of non-stop music shows will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of Sofia Music Enterprises.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Silver being a smaller market and receiving non-stop demand from industry, should continue to out-perform gold.’
    • ‘The weather was a total contrast to the previous week with non-stop heavy rain, which resulted in only 11 holes being played.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their two-week stay had been plagued by non-stop rain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two straight nights in a row of non-stop dancing can really work the legs, and Brooke was a little sore.’
    • ‘The Winchester primary school suffered severe damage from the non-stop rains in November and December 2000.’
    • ‘Strong winds accompanied the non-stop rain, which made for an even more bone-chilling effect.’
    • ‘Indian songs were sung and dancing was non-stop.’
    • ‘When I first got back, it was non-stop ridicule.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems to me no footpaths are easy to walk on after the horrendous non-stop rain we've suffered.’
    • ‘Finally, after 4 and a half hours of non-stop dancing, and talking about the competition, I was absolutely exhausted.’
    continuous, unbroken, uninterrupted, never-ending, without end, non-stop
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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 nonstop flight to Los Angeles’
      • ‘Previously, AirTran flew non-stop flights between the cities only on Saturday.’
      • ‘Continental Airlines has begun non-stop service between its Newark hub and Barbados.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hawaiian Airlines links key West Coast markets with Maui in time for the summer travel season with three daily non-stop flights.’
      • ‘By air SAS Scandinavian Airlines offers daily non-stop flights from Heathrow to both Oslo and Stavanger.’
      • ‘Caribbean Sun Airlines will soon be offering daily, non-stop flights from Antigua to St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.’
      • ‘Many passengers found the inaugural non-stop flights more convenient and expressed their wish for regular direct flights between Shanghai and Taipei.’
      • ‘Northwest provides non-stop service to 167 destinations from the Twin Cities.’
      • ‘Continental Airways is also planning the first non-stop flight between USA and India.’
      • ‘US Airways operates non-stop round-trip flights from Philadelphia every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.’
      • ‘The airline now operates 36 daily non-stop flights from Milwaukee to 16 destinations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bus was on a non-stop 33-hour journey from Calais to Barcelona, with the drivers sleeping on board in between shifts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But US airports have only reopened to American carriers operating non-stop international flights from high-security foreign airports.’
      • ‘Starting October 2, the three flights which used to be non-stop on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday now stop in Tokyo.’
      • ‘This will provide daily non-stop flights (all days of the week) to Bombay from April 1.’
      • ‘U.S. Airways reports that two women were allowed to board the six-hour, non-stop flight from Philadelphia to Seattle with their pig.’
      • ‘Air Canada now flies one daily non-stop flight between Toronto and Hong Kong.’
    2. 1.2 Oppressively constant; relentless.
      ‘the show was axed after nonstop criticism’
      • ‘Let me tell you about the non-stop insanity, the constant chaos, the perpetual pandemonium.’
      • ‘Since then they have gone crazy by relentlessly portraying the old-time era as one of non-stop agony and suffering.’
      • ‘His non-stop soundtrack of incessantly ringing bells and gongs is itself enough to drive anyone batty.’
      • ‘This is the most severe criticism offered by any journalist of the despicable, non-stop lies of the military propaganda endeavor.’
      • ‘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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  • Without stopping or pausing.

    ‘Stephen had been working nonstop’
    • ‘Robin laughs non-stop day and night, pausing only for meals and medication breaks.’
    • ‘Last October a Taiwanese man died of exhaustion after playing computer games non-stop for 32 hours in an Internet cafe.’
    • ‘Now before I stopped two months ago, I was able to jog for 16 minutes non-stop covering about 3 KM.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seven years later, Argentina's Antonio Abertondo become the first man to swim both ways non-stop in 43 hours five minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Downstairs in the bar, they'll be screening 60s videos non-stop.’
    • ‘They played 52 hours non-stop at the Rolls-Royce Club.’
    • ‘The first workshops will be held in April and continue non-stop until the parade on Friday, June 21.’
    • ‘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 chatted non-stop about me, not even pausing to let Zach or his 6th grade cousin (also named Zach) to release a comment.’
    • ‘This should continue non-stop until 2004, when she is up for re-election.’
    • ‘He's been zigzagging across the continent for nearly 20 years, non-stop.’
    • ‘They talked non-stop for the entire flight about their mundane jobs in excruciating detail and in annoyingly loud voices.’
    • ‘It has been snowing for two days non-stop in Toronto.’
    • ‘Throughout the last 150 years, the Western Telegraph has continued non-stop to bring the news to Pembrokeshire and West Wales.’
    • ‘Since then, Skyla has been working toward her goals non-stop.’
    • ‘They had conversed non-stop during the flight making a four-hour trip seem less tedious.’
    • ‘He continued to sprint non-stop down the high street.’
    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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  • A nonstop flight or train.

    ‘the airline offers seven nonstops to New York every business day’