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aerial

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adjective ae·ri·al \ˈer-ē-əl, ā-ˈir-ē-əl\

Definition of aerial

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or occurring in the air or atmosphere the aerial acrobatics of circus performersb :  existing or growing in the air rather than in the ground or in water aerial plantsc :  high in the air aerial spiresd :  operating or operated overhead on elevated cables or rails an aerial tram

  2. 2 :  suggestive of air: such asa :  lacking substance aerial distinctionsb :  fanciful, ethereal visions of aerial joy — P. B. Shelley

  3. 3a :  of or relating to aircraft aerial navigation aerial combatb :  designed for use in, taken from, or operating from or against aircraft aerial photographs/photographyc :  effected by means of aircraft aerial transportation a city subjected to aerial bombardment aerial views aerial spraying

  4. 4 American football :  of, relating to, or gained by the forward pass aerial touchdowns a team known for its aerial attack

aerially

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Examples of aerial in a sentence

  1. the spectacular aerial acrobatics of the circus performers

Did You Know?

Shakespeare himself may have coined this word, in Othello, and later he gave the name Ariel to the famous air-spirit character in The Tempest. An aerialist is an acrobat who performs high above the audience. In painting, aerial perspective is the way an artist creates the illusion that a mountain or city is far away (something that early painters only slowly learned how to do), usually by making it slightly misty and bluish gray—as if seen through miles of air. An aerial work platform, or "cherry picker", supports a worker at a high elevation on the end of a crane. And aerial itself can be used as a noun, meaning a TV antenna, a forward pass in football, or a high-flying stunt performed by a skateboarder or snowboarder.

Origin and Etymology of aerial

Latin aerius, from Greek aerios, from aēr air


First Known Use: circa 1545

Other Aeronautics/Aerospace Terms


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aerial

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noun aer·i·al \ˈer-ē-əl\

Definition of aerial

  1. 1 :  antenna 2

  2. 2 American football :  forward pass

  3. 3 :  an acrobatic maneuver performed (as by skiers and gymnasts) in the air; also, aerials plural :  a ski event featuring such maneuvers

Examples of aerial in a sentence

  1. She tried a new aerial in her last competition.

Origin and Etymology of aerial

see 1aerial


First Known Use: 1902

Other Gymnastics Terms


AERIAL Defined for English Language Learners

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aerial

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adjective ae·ri·al \ˈer-ē-əl, ā-ˈir-ē-əl\

Definition of aerial for English Language Learners

  • : performed in the air

  • : performed using an airplane : taken or seen from an airplane


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noun aer·i·al \ˈer-ē-əl\

Definition of aerial for English Language Learners

  • : a difficult movement of the body performed by an athlete (such as a skier) in the air


AERIAL Defined for Kids

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aerial

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adjective ae·ri·al \ˈer-ē-əl, ā-ˈir-ē-əl\

Definition of aerial for Students

  1. 1 :  performed or occurring in the air We were amazed by the aerial stunts of the circus performers.

  2. 2 :  of aircraft aerial navigation

  3. 3 :  taken from, used in, or performed using an airplane aerial camera aerial warfare


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aerial

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noun aer·i·al \ˈer-ē-əl\

Definition of aerial for Students

  1. :  antenna 2



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