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 An aerial view of Cincinnati's downtown riverfront during what was supposed to be Cincinnati Reds opening day. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's TML: What are you forced to do now that you'll never again do after COVID-19 passes?," 14 Apr. 2020 Her signature aerial views of local life in gumdrop colors—women in a flower market, men gathering coffee beans—have been widely emulated, as has her enterprising spirit: There are now six working woman artists in San Juan La Laguna. Julien Capmeil, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Guatemala, Eco-Retreats and Arts Collectives Blend Seamlessly with Tradition," 30 Mar. 2020 An aerial view shows a lush landscape covered with trees. Deborah Storey | For Al.com, al, "A big tract of Monte Sano is for sale," 9 Feb. 2020 Fly it high above your neighborhood and capture aerial views that are totally Instagram-worthy. 6. Julie Pennell, Teen Vogue, "19 Fun Things to Do Outside, Wherever You Live," 6 Feb. 2020 An aerial view of damage from Hurricane Dorian on September 5, 2019, in Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane season 2019 closes this week, and Florida avoided the worst," 22 Nov. 2019 Today, thanks to satellite imagery and the internet, aerial views of just about anywhere on Earth are available at our fingertips. CBS News, "Almanac: America's first aerial photograph," 13 Oct. 2019 An aerial view of damage from Hurricane Dorian on September 5, 2019, in Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian’s aftermath: A survivor recounts winds that howled for days," 5 Sep. 2019 Hawaii Fire Department Ocean Safety personnel also helped tow kayakers to safety, while Hawaii County helicopters flew in to provide assistance, as well as aerial views of the area, West Hawaii Today reported. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Woman, 27, Bit by Shark Twice While Swimming off of Hawaii's Big Island," 21 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 In between, expect high-flying aerials and low-brow humor, naughty nuns and a near-naked preacher, all set in an intimate Old West saloon. Alex Pulaski | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "What’s new in Las Vegas? Dazzling nightclubs, delicious new places to eat, hilarious shows," 22 Feb. 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

25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aerial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerial. Accessed 25 May. 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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