a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of
"air pollution"; "a smell of chemicals in the air"; "open a window and let in some air"; "I need some fresh air"
the region above the ground
"her hand stopped in mid air"; "he threw the ball into the air"
air, aura, atmosphere(noun)
a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
"an air of mystery"; "the house had a neglected air"; "an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters"; "the place had an aura of romance"
breeze, zephyr, gentle wind, air(noun)
a slight wind (usually refreshing)
"the breeze was cooled by the lake"; "as he waited he could feel the air on his neck"
the mass of air surrounding the Earth
"there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"; "it was exposed to the air"
once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase(noun)
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
"she was humming an air from Beethoven"
medium for radio and television broadcasting
"the program was on the air from 9 til midnight"; "the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people"
air travel, aviation, air(verb)
travel via aircraft
"air travel involves too much waiting in airports"; "if you've time to spare go by air"
air out, air, aerate(verb)
expose to fresh air
"aerate your old sneakers"
"This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M."
air, send, broadcast, beam, transmit(verb)
broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
"We cannot air this X-rated song"
publicize, publicise, air, bare(verb)
"She aired her opinions on welfare"
expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
vent, ventilate, air out, air(verb)
expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
"air the old winter clothes"; "air out the smoke-filled rooms"
The atmospheric substance above the surface of the earth which animals breathe, formerly considered to be a single substance, one of the four basic elements of ancient philosophy and one of the five basic elements of Eastern traditions.
Now understood as the mixture of gases comprising the earth's atmosphere.
The karate instructor said "air is the one thing you can't go five minutes without; when you spar, you have to remember to breathe."
The apparently open space above the ground; the mass of this substance around the earth.
A feeling or sense.
...to give it an air of artistry and sophistication.
A sense of poise, graciousness, or quality.
Pretension; snobbishness; pretence that one is better than others.
A song, especially a solo; an aria.
Nothing; absence of anything.
An air conditioner or the processed air it produces.
Could you turn on the air?
To bring (something) into contact with the air, so as to freshen or dry it.
To let fresh air into a room or a building, to ventilate.
It's getting quite stuffy in this room: let's open the windows and air it.
To discuss varying viewpoints on a given topic.
To broadcast, as with a television show.
Any specific gas.
A jump in which one becomes airborne.
Origin: From air, from aeir, eyer, aire, eir, from aer, from . Displaced native Middle English luft (from Old English lyft), Middle English loft (from Old Norse lopt). More at lift, loft.
the fluid which we breathe, and which surrounds the earth; the atmosphere. It is invisible, inodorous, insipid, transparent, compressible, elastic, and ponderable
symbolically: Something unsubstantial, light, or volatile
a particular state of the atmosphere, as respects heat, cold, moisture, etc., or as affecting the sensations; as, a smoky air, a damp air, the morning air, etc
any aeriform body; a gas; as, oxygen was formerly called vital air
air in motion; a light breeze; a gentle wind
odoriferous or contaminated air
that which surrounds and influences
utterance abroad; publicity; vent
a musical idea, or motive, rhythmically developed in consecutive single tones, so as to form a symmetrical and balanced whole, which may be sung by a single voice to the stanzas of a hymn or song, or even to plain prose, or played upon an instrument; a melody; a tune; an aria
in harmonized chorals, psalmody, part songs, etc., the part which bears the tune or melody -- in modern harmony usually the upper part -- is sometimes called the air
the peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person; mien; demeanor; as, the air of a youth; a heavy air; a lofty air
peculiar appearance; apparent character; semblance; manner; style
an artificial or affected manner; show of pride or vanity; haughtiness; as, it is said of a person, he puts on airs
the representation or reproduction of the effect of the atmospheric medium through which every object in nature is viewed
carriage; attitude; action; movement; as, the head of that portrait has a good air
the artificial motion or carriage of a horse
to expose to the air for the purpose of cooling, refreshing, or purifying; to ventilate; as, to air a room
to expose for the sake of public notice; to display ostentatiously; as, to air one's opinion
to expose to heat, for the purpose of expelling dampness, or of warming; as, to air linen; to air liquors
Origin: [See Air, n., and cf. Arate.]
Air is a music duo from Versailles, France, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. Air's debut EP, Premiers Symptômes, was followed by the critically acclaimed album Moon Safari, the re-release of Premiers Symptômes, The Virgin Suicides score, and subsequently albums 10 000 Hz Legend, Everybody Hertz, Talkie Walkie, Pocket Symphony, Love 2, and Le Voyage Dans La Lune.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ār, n. the fluid we breathe: the atmosphere: any special condition of atmosphere, as in 'the night-air,' 'to take the air:' a light breeze: publicity: the bearing of a person: outward appearance, manner, look: an assumed or affected manner: (mus.) a rhythmical melody: a song, also specially a sprightly song: the soprano part in a harmonised composition, being that which gives it its character: (pl.) affectation.—v.t. to expose to the air: to dry: to expose to warm air: (obs.) to take an airing.—ns. Air′-bath, an arrangement for drying substances in air of any desired temperature; Air′-bed, a bed for the sick, inflated with air; Air′-blad′der, in some fishes, an organ containing air, by which they maintain their equilibrium in the water; Air′-brake, a railway brake worked by compressed air.—adj. Air′-built, built in air: having no solid foundation.—ns. Air′-cell, a cavity containing air; Air′-cush′ion, an air-tight cushion, which can be inflated; Air′-drain, an ample space at the foot of foundation walls, for the sake of dryness.—adj. Air′drawn, drawn in air: visionary: (Shak.) imaginary.—ns. Air′-en′gine, an engine put in motion by air expanded by heat; Air′-gas, illuminating gas made by charging atmospheric air with vapour of petroleum or other hydrocarbon; Air′-gun, a gun which discharges bullets by means of compressed air.—adv. Air′ily, gaily.—ns. Air′iness, state of being airy; openness: liveliness; Air′ing, exposure to the air or fire: a short excursion in the open air; Air′-jack′et, a jacket with air-tight cavities, which being inflated renders a person buoyant in water.—adj. Air′less, void of air: not having free communication with the open air.—ns. Air′-lock, a small chamber for the entrance and exit of men and materials, at the top of the caisson or hollow cylinder used for founding the piers of bridges under water; Air′-pump, an instrument for pumping the air out of a vessel; Air′-sac, an air-cell or air-space, esp. in the bones of birds; Air′-shaft, a passage for air into a mine; Air′-ship, a navigable balloon; Air′-space, the cubic content of a room, hospital-ward, or the like, with reference to the respirable air contained in it.—adj. Air′-tight, so tight as not to admit air.—n. Air′-ves′sel, a vessel or tube containing air.—adv. Air′wards, up in the air.—adj. Air′y, consisting of or relating to air: open to the air: like air: unsubstantial: light of heart: sprightly.—To take air, to get wind, to become publicly known. [Fr.—L. aër—Gr.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The mixture of gases present in the earth's atmosphere consisting of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and small amounts of other gases.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
In artillery and naval gunfire support, a spotting, or an observation, by a spotter or an observer to indicate that a burst or group of bursts occurred before impact.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'air' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #471
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'air' in Written Corpus Frequency: #922
Rank popularity for the word 'air' in Nouns Frequency: #197
IRA, Ira, rai, raï, ria
The numerical value of air in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of air in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people.
Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise.
In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people. Personal relations are the important thing for ever and ever and not this outer life of telegrams and anger.
The air is precious to the red man, for all things share the same breath-the beast, the tree, the man, they all share the same breath. The white man does not seem to notice the air he breathes. Like a man dying for many days, he is numb to the stench.
I think that the alliance does need to be ready for the air defense mission, and of course we as military men and women are looking at that capability, air policing and air defense are meant for two different situations. The Baltic air policing is a peacetime mission.
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