What does aerial mean?

Definitions for aerial
ˈɛər i əl, eɪˈɪər i əl; ˈɛər i əlaeri·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. forward pass, aerialnoun

    a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer

  2. antenna, aerial, transmitting aerialadjective

    an electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals

  3. aerialadjective

    existing or living or growing or operating in the air

    "aerial roots of a philodendron"; "aerial particles"; "small aerial creatures such as butterflies"; "aerial warfare"; "aerial photography"; "aerial cable cars"

  4. aeriform, aerial, airy, aery, etherealadjective

    characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air

    "figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away"- Thomas Carlyle; "aerial fancies"; "an airy apparition"; "physical rather than ethereal forms"


  1. aerialnoun

    A device for receiving or transmitting radio, television signals etc.

  2. aerialadjective

    of, in, or from the air; atmospheric

    The aerial photographs clearly showed the damage caused by the storm.

  3. aerialadjective


  4. Etymology: From aerius, from ἀέριος.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Aerialadjective

    Etymology: aërius, Lat.

    The thunder, when to roll
    With terrour through the dark aerial hall. Paradise Lost.

    From all that can with sins or feathers fly,
    Thro’ the aerial or the wat’ry sky. Matthew Prior.

    I gathered the thickness of the air, or aerial interval, of the glasses at that ring. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    Vegetables abound more with aerial particles, than animal substances. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    The gifts of heav’n my foll’wing song pursues,
    Aerial honey, and ambrosial dews. John Dryden, Virg. Georg.

    Where those immortal shapes
    Of bright aerial spirits live inspher’d,
    In regions mild, of calm and serene air. Paradise Regained.

    Aerial animals may be subdivided into birds and flies. John Locke.

    Here subterranean works and cities see,
    There towns aerial on the waving tree. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.

    A spacious city stood, with firmest walls,
    Sure mounded, and with numerous turrets crown’d,
    Aerial spires, and citadels, the seat
    Of kings and heroes resolute in war. Philips.


  1. aerial

    Aerial refers to anything that is related to or performed in the air, typically referring to actions, activities, or objects that take place or are designed to operate above the earth's surface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aerialadjective

    of or pertaining to the air, or atmosphere; inhabiting or frequenting the air; produced by or found in the air; performed in the air; as, aerial regions or currents

  2. Aerialadjective

    consisting of air; resembling, or partaking of the nature of air. Hence: Unsubstantial; unreal

  3. Aerialadjective

    rising aloft in air; high; lofty; as, aerial spires

  4. Aerialadjective

    growing, forming, or existing in the air, as opposed to growing or existing in earth or water, or underground; as, aerial rootlets, aerial plants

  5. Aerialadjective

    light as air; ethereal

  6. Etymology: [L. arius. See Air.]


  1. Aerial

    Aerial is the eighth studio album by British singer-songwriter and musician Kate Bush.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aerial

    ā-ēr′i-al, adj. belonging to the air: inhabiting or existing in the air: elevated, lofty, ethereal.—ns. Aerial′ity, Aer′ialness.—adv. Aer′ially.

Editors Contribution

  1. aerial

    A type of device created and designed for a variety of purposes.

    Most televisions have an aerial.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  


  1. Aerial

    living in the air; applied to flying insects.

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  1. realia

  2. aralie

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aerial in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aerial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of aerial in a Sentence

  1. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu:

    It will be ready to destroy any aerial target posing a potential danger to our aircraft.

  2. Nick Pope:

    Im more interested in the fact that this first photo has been leaked, and in the related leaking of information about the Pentagons Unidentified Aerial Task Force, where serving intelligence community personnel have shared insights from two intelligence positionreports, with my own defense background in this subject, three things stand out. Firstly, the description by one insider of the reports as shocking a wordthat begs the question what about UAP do these people find shocking. Secondly, the fact that the intelligence reports seem to have been given a surprisingly wide distribution in various intelligence agencies, and thirdly, the fact that the extraterrestrial hypothesis seems genuinely not to have been taken off the table.

  3. Jennifer Jackson:

    The aerial survey was done on a huge scale and was very impressive, but its possible some of the carcasses got washed back out to sea in storms and simply werent counted. The 343 number was only ever a best estimate.

  4. The Security Council:

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the continued high level of violence in Syria and condemned all violence directed against civilians and civilian infrastructure, including medical facilities, they expressed outrage at all attacks against civilians, as well as indiscriminate attacks, including those involving shelling and aerial bombardment, such as the use of barrel bombs, which have reportedly been extensively used in recent days in Aleppo.

  5. Syria Staffan de Mistura:

    The use of barrel bombs must stop, all evidence shows that the overwhelming majority of the civilian victims in the Syrian conflict have been caused by the use of such indiscriminate aerial weapons.

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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    A epiphora
    B callathump
    C flunkey
    D imperviousness

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