air (third-person singular simple present airs, present participle airing, simple past and past participle aired)
1.a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases that surrounds the earth and forms its atmosphere.
2.a stir in the atmosphere; a light breeze.
3.overhead space; sky, The planes filled the air.
4.circulation; publication; publicity, to give air to one's theories.
5.the general character or complexion of anything; appearance, His early work had an air of freshness and originality.
6.the peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person, There is an air of mystery about him.
7.airs, affected or unnatural manner; manifestation of pride or vanity; assumed haughtiness, He acquired airs that were insufferable to his friends.
8.Music. a tune; melody. the soprano or treble part. an aria. Also, ayre. an Elizabethan art song.
9.aircraft as a means of transportation, to arrive by air; to ship goods by air.
10.Informal. air conditioning or an air-conditioning system, The price includes tires, radio, and air.1
1.Sports. (during an airborne stunt) the height between the ground and an athlete or an athlete with his or her equipment, The BMX course was designed for riders to get good air.such a jump or other airborne stunt, The snowboarder took first place with four clean airs. 1
2.Radio. the medium through which radio waves are transmitted. 1
4.to expose to the air; give access to the open air; ventilate (often followed by out), We air the bedrooms every day.1
5.to expose ostentatiously; bring to public notice; display, to air one's opinions; to air one's theories.1
6.to broadcast or televise.
7.to be exposed to the open air (often followed by out), Open the window and let the room air out.1
8.to be broadcast or televised.
9.operating by means of air pressure or by acting upon air, an air drill; an air pump.
20.of or relating to aircraft or to aviation, air industry.2
1.taking place in the air; aerial, air war.
2.clear the air, to eliminate dissension, ambiguity, or tension from a discussion, situation, etc., The staff meeting was intended to help clear the air.2
3.get some air, to take a break from an unpleasant encounter or stifling environment, She walked away from the argument to get some air.to take a short rest. 2
4.get the air, Informal. to be rejected, as by a lover. to be dismissed, as by an employer, He had worked only a few days when he got the air. 2
5.give (someone) the air, Informal. to reject, as a lover, He was bitter because she gave him the air.to dismiss, as an employee. 2
6.in the air, in circulation; current, There's a rumor in the air that we're moving to a new location.2
7.into thin air, completely out of sight or reach, He vanished into thin air.2
8.off the air, not broadcasting, The station goes off the air at midnight.not broadcast; out of operation as a broadcast, The program went off the air years ago. 2
9.on the air, in the act of broadcasting; being broadcast, The program will be going on the air in a few seconds.30.put on airs, to assume an affected or haughty manner, As their fortune increased, they began to put on airs.3
1.take the air, to go out-of-doors; take a short walk or ride. Slang. to leave, especially hurriedly. to begin broadcasting. 3
2.up in the air, Also, in the air. undecided or unsettled, The contract is still up in the air.Informal. angry; perturbed, There is no need to get up in the air over a simple mistake. 3
3.walk / tread on air, to feel very happy; be elated.
2.Obsolete. before; previously.
1.a region in N Niger, in the Sahara, low massif and oases. About 30,000 sq. mi. (77,700 sq. km).
1. the mixture of gases that forms the earth's atmosphere. At sea level dry air has a density of
1.226 kilograms per cubic metre and consists of 7
8.08 per cent nitrogen,
20.95 per cent oxygen, 0.93 per cent argon, 0.03 per cent carbon dioxide, with smaller quantities of ozone and inert gases; water vapour varies between 0 and 4 per cent and in industrial areas sulphur gases may be present as pollutants
2. the space above and around the earth; sky related adjective aerial
3. breeze; slight wind
4. public expression; utterance, to give air to one's complaints
5. a distinctive quality, an air of mystery
6. a person's distinctive appearance, manner, or bearing
7. (music) a simple tune for either vocal or instrumental performance another word for aria
8. transportation in aircraft (esp in the phrase by air)
9. an archaic word for breath (sense 1), breath (sense 2), breath (sense 3)
10. (Austral, informal) the height gained when getting airborne in surfing, snowboarding, etc1
1. clear the air, to rid a situation of tension or discord by settling misunderstandings, etc1
2. (slang) give someone the air, to reject or dismiss someone1
3. in the air in circulation; current in the process of being decided; unsettled 1
4. into thin air, leaving no trace behind1
5. off the air, not in the act of broadcasting or being broadcast on radio or television1
6. on the air, in the act of broadcasting or being broadcast on radio or television1
7. out of thin air, from thin air, suddenly and unexpectedly1
8. take the air, to go out of doors, as for a short walk or ride1
9. up in the air uncertain (informal) agitated or excited
20. walk on air, to feel elated or exhilarated2
1. (modifier) (astrology) of or relating to a group of three signs of the zodiac, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius Compare earth (sense 10), fire (sense 24), water (sense 12) verb 2
2. to expose or be exposed to the air so as to cool or freshen; ventilate, to air a room2
3. to expose or be exposed to warm or heated air so as to dry, to air linen2
4. (transitive) to make known publicly; display; publicize, to air one's opinions2
5. (intransitive) (of a television or radio programme) to be broadcast See also airs Word OriginC13, via Old French and Latin from Greek aēr the lower atmosphere AIR abbreviation
1. All India Radio Aïr /ˈɑːɪə/ noun
1. a mountainous region of N central Niger, in the Sahara, rising to 1500 m (5000 ft), a former native kingdom. Area, about 77 700 sq km (30 000 sq miles) Also called Azbine, Asben Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1300, "invisible gases that make up the atmosphere," from Old French air "atmosphere, breeze, weather" (12c.), from Latin aerem (nominative aer) "air, lower atmosphere, sky," from Greek aer (genitive aeros) "air" (related to aenai "to blow, breathe"), of unknown origin, possibly from a base *awer- and thus related to aeirein "to raise" and arteria "windpipe, artery" (see aorta) on notion of "lifting, that which rises." In Homer mostly "thick air, mist;" later "air" as one of the four elements.Words for "air" in Indo-European languages tend to be associated with wind, brightness, sky. In English, air Replaced native lyft, luft (see loft (n.)). To be in the air "in general awareness" is from 1875; up in the air "uncertain, doubtful" is from 175
2. To build castles in the air is from 1590s (in 17c. English had airmonger "one preoccupied with visionary projects"). Broadcasting sense (e.g. on the air) first recorded 192
7. To give (someone) the air "dismiss" is from 1900. Air pollution is attested by 1870.1590s, "manner, appearance" (e.g. an air of mystery); 1650s, "assumed manner, affected appearance" (especially in phrase put on airs, 1781), from French air "look, appearance, mien, bearing, tone" (Old French aire "reality, essence, nature, descent, extraction," 12c.; cf. debonair), from Latin ager "place, field" (see acre) on notion of "place of origin."But some French sources connect this Old French word with the source of air (n.1), and it also is possible these senses in English developed from or were influenced by air (n.1); cf. sense development of atmosphere and Latin spiritus "breath, breeze," also "high spirit, pride," and the extended senses of anima."melody, tune," 1580s, from Italian aria (see aria).
"to expose to open air," 1520s, from air (n.1). Figurative sense of "to expose, make public" is from 1610s of objects, 1862 of opinions, grievances, etc. Meaning "to broadcast" (originally on radio) is from 193
3. Related, Aired; airing.
In addition to the idiom beginning with air also see, breath of fresh air castles in the air clear the air give someone the air hot air in the air into (out of) thin air nose in the air off the air put on airs up in the air walk on air wash (air) one's dirty linen The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source
It was probably the first money, other than the air fares, Señor Medena had been able to spend on Alex - and even then he had to do it through Felipa.
Sure, they needed to clear the air about the inheritance issue, but that wasn't enough for Carmen.
Most of the time I'm at the pool or resting in the air conditioned house.
The crisp morning air wasn't necessary for the purpose of waking her up.
"Sure, we're both workaholics and we're both square," she said, forming a square in the air with her index fingers.
The air was miserably hot.
She breathed deeply of the clear air and listened to the sound of the creek darting over rocks - swirling against its banks.
Now was the time to clear the air, and there was one thing about all this that didn't make sense.
I saw funded air fare fly out the window.
The air around him was cold like it was around an air conditioning vent.
Even his air was different.
She had the sense of power shimmering in the air around him.
The top of the buggy caught the air like a parachute or an umbrella filled with wind, and held them back so that they floated downward with a gentle motion that was not so very disagreeable to bear.
It keeps finely, being preserved in my air-tight chest.
He turned quickly and saw an eagle rising into the air with his moneybag in its claws.
Could you have foreseen that the advent of a technology called "air conditioning" in homes would alter the social fabric of the nation?
No one threw his shoe into the air conditioner, I assure you.)
The air was balmy, with a tang of the sea in it.
At last, we know not what it is to live in the open air, and our lives are domestic in more senses than we think.
This small lake was of most value as a neighbor in the intervals of a gentle rain-storm in August, when, both air and water being perfectly still, but the sky overcast, mid-afternoon had all the serenity of evening, and the wood thrush sang around, and was heard from shore to shore.
A languor of motion and speech, resulting from weakness, gave her a distinguished air which inspired respect.
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