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aerial

adjective ae·ri·al \ ˈer-ē-əl , ā-ˈir-ē-əl \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of aerial

1 a : 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
3 a : 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

aerially

play \-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of aerial in a Sentence

  1. the spectacular aerial acrobatics of the circus performers

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

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aerial

noun aer·i·al \ ˈer-ē-əl \

Definition of aerial

1 : antenna 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

Examples of aerial in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of aerial from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of aerial

derivative of 1aerial

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AERIAL Defined for English Language Learners

aerial

adjective

Definition of aerial for English Language Learners

  • : performed in the air

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


aerial

noun

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

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

Definition of aerial for Students

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

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aerial

noun aer·i·al \ ˈer-ē-əl \

Definition of aerial for Students

: antenna 2


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