Definitions for airɛər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases that surrounds the earth and forms its atmosphere.
a stir in the atmosphere; a light breeze.
overhead space; sky.
circulation; publication; publicity:
to give air to one's theories.
general character or appearance; aura:
an air of mystery about him.
airs, affected or unnatural manner; assumed haughtiness.
a tune; melody. an Elizabethan accompanied song.
Category: Music and Dance
aircraft as a means of transportation:
to ship by air.
the medium through which radio waves are transmitted.
Category: Radio and Television
Informal. air conditioning or an air-conditioning system.
(v.t.)to expose to the air; ventilate (often fol. by out).
to bring to public notice; display:
to air one's opinions.
to broadcast or televise.
Category: Showbiz, Radio and Television
(v.i.)to be exposed to the open air (often fol. by out):
Let the room air out.
to be broadcast or televised.
Category: Radio and Television
(adj.)operating by means of air pressure or by acting upon air:
an air drill; an air pump.
of or pertaining to aircraft or to aviation.
taking place in the air; aerial.
imaginary; imitated; mimicked (used before the name of a musical instrument):
to play the air guitar.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Idioms for air:
clear the air,to eliminate misunderstandings.
give someone the air,to reject someone, as a lover.
Category: Idiom, Informal
in the air,in circulation; current:
an interesting rumor in the air.
into thin air,so as to disappear completely.
off the air,not broadcasting or being broadcast.
on the air,broadcasting or being broadcast.
up in the air, not decided; unsettled.
walkortread on air,to feel elated.
* Syn: See wind1.
Origin of air:
1150–1200; ME eir < OF air < L āēr- < Gk āḗr
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the gases we breathe
the cool November air; air pollution; She went outside for some fresh air.
sending the package by air; the expense of air travel
easy to sense
a feeling of excitement in the air
undecided or unresolved
The schedule for the meetings remains up in the air.
a show celebrating it's tenth year on the air
no longer being broadcast
The station went off the air at midnight.
The program will air tomorrow at 9:00.; networks airing their new shows
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
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.
Translations for air
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the mixture of gases we breathe; the atmosphere
Mountain air is pure.
- arPortuguese (BR)
- die LuftGerman
- آب و هواFarsi
- אָוִיר ,אָווִירHebrew
- loft, andrúmsloftIcelandic
- آب و هواPersian
- อากาศ; บรรยากาศThai
- 空氣Chinese (Trad.)
- không khíVietnamese
- 空氣Chinese (Simp.)
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