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 Mass graves were reportedly spotted using aerial photos. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Soldier who helped save 70 ISIS hostages to be given Medal of Honor: Report," 2 Sep. 2020 Legal fireworks like ground fountains and spinners are allowed on private property, but aerial fireworks are banned everywhere. oregonlive, "Oregon coast towns warn against illegal fireworks as coronavirus concerns cancel popular displays," 3 July 2020 The large volume of records appears to include footage of interviews with Hernandez, aerial footage of the scene taken from a drone and surveillance footage from the scene of the shooting. Bree Burkitt, The Arizona Republic, "Glendale police release footage, reports and photos from Westgate shooting," 2 Oct. 2020 Drones are used today for a variety of tasks – delivering small express packages, assisting in search and rescue operations, capturing stunning aerial views views, to name just a few. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "A drone carrying a human kidney flew over the Las Vegas desert. Experts say it's the future of organ transportation.," 28 Sep. 2020 Cutting-edge aerial footage reveals how India, which is at once both modern and steeped in ancient mysticism, is shaped by its developed and untouched landscapes. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Thursday: ‘The Chef Show’ on Netflix," 24 Sep. 2020 The following is aerial footage that shows winds from Hurricane Sally kicking up waves and white caps in Orange Beach at Alabama Point and Perdido Pass. al, "Watch as Hurricane Sally winds hit Alabama beach," 14 Sep. 2020 The ads show aerial footage of empty football stadiums. Brian Slodysko, Star Tribune, "Biden, flush with cash, boosts ad spending in battlegrounds," 14 Sep. 2020 Thierry Marmol, the guardian of the marsh region, tells AP that experts counted the birds using aerial footage. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Record-Breaking 60,000 Flamingos Flock to Southern France," 13 Aug. 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

20 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aerial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerial. Accessed 21 Oct. 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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