aerial

adjective
ae·​ri·​al | \ ˈer-ē-əl How to pronounce aerial (audio) , ā-ˈir-ē-əl \

Definition of aerial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or occurring in the air or atmosphere the aerial acrobatics of circus performers
b : existing or growing in the air rather than in the ground or in water aerial plants
c : high in the air aerial spires
d : operating or operated overhead on elevated cables or rails an aerial tram
2 : suggestive of air: such as
a : lacking substance aerial distinctions
b : fanciful, ethereal visions of aerial joy— P. B. Shelley
3a : of or relating to aircraft aerial navigation aerial combat
b : designed for use in, taken from, or operating from or against aircraft aerial photographs/photography
c : effected by means of aircraft aerial transportation a city subjected to aerial bombardment aerial views aerial spraying
4 American football : of, relating to, or gained by the forward pass aerial touchdowns a team known for its aerial attack

aerial

noun
aer·​i·​al | \ ˈer-ē-əl How to pronounce aerial (audio) \

Definition of aerial (Entry 2 of 2)

2 American football : forward pass
3 : an acrobatic maneuver performed (as by skiers and gymnasts) in the air also aerials plural : a ski event featuring such maneuvers

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Other Words from aerial

Adjective

aerially \ ˈer-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce aerially (audio) , ā-​ˈir-​ē-​ə-​lē \ adverb

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.

Examples of aerial in a Sentence

Adjective the spectacular aerial acrobatics of the circus performers Noun She tried a new aerial in her last competition.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The state still prohibits larger-scale pyrotechnics like aerial shells and bottle rockets, however. Duard Headley, The Enquirer, "Backyard fireworks: What's legal and illegal in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana," 2 July 2020 Scientists sent divers to explore likely sites and also used a number of techniques, such as aerial and underwater remote sensing. Jack Guy, CNN, "Archaeologists find ancient Aboriginal sites underwater, off the coast of Australia," 1 July 2020 Reg Silvey, the Cape Pembroke lighthouse keeper and a radio ham, rigged an aerial out of a steel-core washing line and transmitted troop information to the British. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "How Prosperity Transformed the Falklands," 29 June 2020 Retail aerial fireworks are capped at under 2 inches in diameter and burst at just under 200 feet. Brian Mahoney And David Klepper, The Christian Science Monitor, "Are you hearing fireworks every night? You're not alone.," 25 June 2020 The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is mostly concerned about aerial mortars, which range from the size of a ping pong ball to a bowling ball and are packed with explosive powders and chemicals that help fill the sky with bright colors. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area fireworks complaints grow by the hundreds as police search for answers on uptick," 24 June 2020 From aerial combat to poison gas, WWI introduced terrifying new combat technology on a previously unimaginable scale, and soldiers left the front shattered. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How PTSD went from ‘shell-shock’ to a recognized medical diagnosis," 16 June 2020 From there, Dani went to the tryouts for the national aerial ski team in Lake Placid, New York. Giana Han, al, "How Dani Loeb became the first Alabamian on the US National Ski team," 14 June 2020 Despite an avalanche of effort — from aerial, truck and backpack spraying to the use of mosquito-eating fish — local control efforts to contain the Aedes aegypti with larvicide and pesticide had been largely ineffective. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Genetically engineered mosquitoes get EPA approval for Florida release despite objections from environmental groups," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Libya Crisis The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to enforce an arms embargo to ensure a cease-fire in Libya, with the EU preparing to deploy aerial, satellite and maritime assets in the Mediterranean Sea to prevent arms shipments. John Follain, Bloomberg.com, "Macron, Conte Seek to Map New Course After Paris-Rome Spat," 29 Apr. 2020 The departments also shared aerial photos captured Saturday afternoon that showed sparse crowds on the city’s beaches. Los Angeles Times, "After so many sacrifices, some Californians draw the line at closing beaches," 1 May 2020 So far, fans have seen clowns Slappy and Monday perform slapstick comedy in their living room, a show of tricks and character sketches featuring Magic Mike and a variety show by Kelli and Julio Ramazini featuring juggling and aerial silks. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Children can clown around online with Galleria Dallas’ Showtime Saturdays performers," 16 Apr. 2020 Since then, the village approved a significant budget increase in the fire department that includes a new aerial platform fire truck, hiring additional firefighters over the next four years and a new fire chief. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After a firefighter called in sick, a Menomonee Falls fire station was closed for 12 hours," 9 Mar. 2020 The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office dispatched aerial and canine searches over the past month, but there were no traces of the missing 27-year-old. Fox News, "Missing New Mexico woman from ‘secluded’ Mennonite community found dead in Arizona," 27 Feb. 2020 The robots and drones will be used for aerial and underwater inspections, responding to leaks, performing work that takes people out of harm’s way and sending video to operators at onshore control centers. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Four-legged, data-gathering robot being tested on offshore oil rig," 11 Feb. 2020 His aerial ability, tackling and passing have all earned rave reviews from fans and pundits alike, so there are expected to be plenty of options for Smalling once his loan comes to an end. SI.com, "Roma Ready Improved Chris Smalling Bid as Inter & AC Milan Join Race for Man Utd Defender," 4 Nov. 2019 That changed in 2014, when Mr Medina’s daring aerials and cut-throat competitiveness led him to victory. The Economist, "Weathering the storm Brazilians dominate surfing (for now)," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of aerial

Adjective

circa 1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aerial

Adjective

Latin āerius (borrowed from Greek āérios, derivative of āer-, aḗr air entry 1) + -al entry 1

Noun

derivative of aerial entry 1

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Time Traveler for aerial

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The first known use of aerial was circa 1545

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Last Updated

4 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aerial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerial. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for aerial

aerial

adjective
How to pronounce aerial (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of aerial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: performed in the air
: performed using an airplane : taken or seen from an airplane

aerial

noun
How to pronounce aerial (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of aerial (Entry 2 of 2)

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

aerial

adjective
ae·​ri·​al | \ ˈer-ē-əl How to pronounce aerial (audio) , ā-ˈir-ē-əl \

Kids Definition of aerial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : performed or occurring in the air We were amazed by the aerial stunts of the circus performers.
2 : of aircraft aerial navigation
3 : taken from, used in, or performed using an airplane aerial camera aerial warfare

aerial

noun
aer·​i·​al | \ ˈer-ē-əl How to pronounce aerial (audio) \

Kids Definition of aerial (Entry 2 of 2)

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