air

noun, often attributive
\ ˈer How to pronounce air (audio) \

Definition of air

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a archaic : breath
b : the mixture of invisible odorless tasteless gases (such as nitrogen and oxygen) that surrounds the earth also : the equivalent mix of gases on another planet … the thin, frigid air of Mars. — Stefano S. Coledan
c : a light breeze
2a : empty space
b : nothingness usually used in the phrases into thin air and out of thin air vanished/disappeared into thin air… nor did any of them seem to have noticed that six people had just melted into thin air in front of them.— J. K. Rowling… jobs can't just be created out of thin air.The Wall Street Journal
c old-fashioned : a sudden severance of relations She gave me the air.

3 [ probably translation of Italian aria ]

a : tune, melody a lilting air
b Elizabethan & Jacobean music : an accompanied song or melody in usually strophic form
c : the chief voice part or melody in choral music
4a : outward appearance of a thing an air of luxury
b : a surrounding or pervading influence : atmosphere an air of mystery
c : the look, appearance, or bearing of a person especially as expressive of some personal quality or emotion : demeanor an air of dignity
d : an artificial or affected manner put on airs
5 : public utterance He gave air to his opinion.
7a(1) : aircraft traveling by air
(2) : aviation air safety air rights
(3) : air force air headquarters
b(1) : the medium of transmission of radio waves also : radio, television went on the air
(2) : airtime
8 : a football offense utilizing primarily the forward pass Trailing by 20 points, the team took to the air.
9 : an air-conditioning system a house with central air
10 : the height achieved in performing an aerial maneuver a snowboarder catching big air also : the maneuver itself
in the air
: being felt or expressed by many people : in wide circulation There was a sense of anticipation in the air.
up in the air
: not yet settled a question that's still up in the air

air

verb
aired; airing; airs

Definition of air (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to expose to the air for drying, purifying, or refreshing : ventilate often used with out He opened the windows to air out the room.
2 : to expose to public view or bring to public notice aired their complaints
3 : to transmit by radio or television air a program

intransitive verb

1 : to become exposed to the open air The blankets were left outside to air.
2 : to become broadcast a program that airs daily

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Other Words from air

Noun

airless \ -​ləs How to pronounce airless (audio) \ adjective
airlessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for air

Synonyms: Noun

lay, melody, song, strain, tune, warble

Synonyms: Verb

expound, express, give, look, raise, sound, state, vent, ventilate, voice

Antonyms: Verb

stifle, suppress

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Noun

pose, air, airs, affectation, mannerism mean an adopted way of speaking or behaving. pose implies an attitude deliberately assumed in order to impress others. her shyness was just a pose air may suggest natural acquirement through environment or way of life. a traveler's sophisticated air airs always implies artificiality and pretentiousness. snobbish airs affectation applies to a trick of speech or behavior that strikes the observer as insincere. the posh accent is an affectation mannerism applies to an acquired eccentricity that has become a habit. gesturing with a cigarette was her most noticeable mannerism

Verb

express, vent, utter, voice, broach, air mean to make known what one thinks or feels. express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces. expressed her feelings in music vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words. a tirade venting his frustration utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech. utter a groan voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words. an editorial voicing their concerns broach adds the implication of disclosing for the first time something long thought over or reserved for a suitable occasion. broached the subject of a divorce air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention. publicly airing their differences

Examples of air in a Sentence

Noun

These laws are meant to produce cleaner air. A delicious smell filled the air. I like to dine outdoors in the open air. He can't breathe! Everybody move back and give him some air! High in the mountains the air is thin and it can be hard to breathe. He pumped air into the bicycle tire. The city is wonderful seen from the air. the fish of the sea and the birds of the air The balloon rose up into the air and then floated through the air. There has been heavy fighting on the ground and in the air.

Verb

The blankets were left outside to air. She opened the windows to air the room. The company had a meeting so that employees could air their complaints. The interview will be aired tomorrow. The interview will air tomorrow.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The specialists look at smoke models, humidity, weather patterns and fire behavior to gauge the air quality. Washington Post, "Growing program puts air quality specialists on wildfires," 6 Aug. 2019 In January, Wiener Linien enforced a food ban on all subway lines, aimed to improve the air quality and eliminate the scent of smelly foods. Fox News, "Vienna subway riders vote against scented subway cars," 5 Aug. 2019 The environmental analysis identifies substantial, and sometimes unavoidable, impacts on the area’s air quality, culture, noise levels and wildlife. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU Mission Valley: Here’s what kind of traffic you can expect," 5 Aug. 2019 Himalayan salt lamps offer a host of wellness benefits that transform everything from air quality to lighting, providing a peaceful respite from the outside world. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "Love your Himalayan salt lamp? Here's why you need a Himalayan salt candle holder," 2 Aug. 2019 Total Expert Score: 70/100 | Consumer Score: 67% give it 4 stars or higher This cheap camera alerts you to motion as well as your home’s temperature, humidity, and air quality. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 8 Best Home Security Systems and Video Doorbells," 2 Aug. 2019 The smoke from these fires, some of them in Arctic territory, is so heavy it can easily be seen in satellite photos and is causing air quality problems in towns and some cities, including Russia's third-largest city, Novosibirsk. David Rising, courant.com, "Walloped by heat wave, Greenland sees massive ice melt," 2 Aug. 2019 Residents were urged to shelter in place for hours because of concern about the air quality. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Harris County, Texas, sues ExxonMobil one day after fire at Baytown plant," 1 Aug. 2019 The smoke from these fires, some of them in Arctic territory, is so heavy it can easily be seen in satellite photos and is causing air quality problems in Russia's third-largest city, Novosibirsk. David Rising, Anchorage Daily News, "Walloped by a heat wave, Greenland sees massive ice melt," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On Instagram, Courteney recently posted an old photo of us all on a jet together before the show even aired. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston Is "Super Nostalgic" for Her Time on Friends and So Are We," 9 Aug. 2019 America's Got Talent 2019 is officially now in live-show season after Tuesday night's last judge cuts episode aired on NBC. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans Are "Utterly Disgusted" at the Judges' “Mistake” on Last Night's Judge Cuts," 7 Aug. 2019 Black and Kyle Gass’ goofy, delusional, metal gods in dad bods schtick hasn’t changed in the slightest since their HBO series first aired in 1997. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lollapalooza 2019: Lil Wayne and J. Balvin make history on day 3 — and Balvin brings out Wisin y Yandel," 4 Aug. 2019 Final touches are made and the episode airs on HBO that night. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "A Raiders ‘Hard Knocks’ primer: All you need to know," 25 July 2019 Final touches are made and the episode airs on HBO that night. Chuck Barney, The Denver Post, "A Raiders “Hard Knocks” primer: All you need to know," 25 July 2019 It's been more than 10 years since Seinfeld aired it's final episode, but these two will always be an iconic TV show character duo. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "20 Best TV Show Costume Ideas for a Small Screen-Inspired Halloween," 23 July 2019 The Chiefs suspended Hill on April 25 after a local television station aired a recording of a conversation between Hill and fiancee Crystal Espinal discussing the boy's injuries. CBS News, "Tyreek Hill avoids NFL suspension in domestic violence case involving son," 19 July 2019 The Chiefs suspended Hill on April 25 after a local television station aired a recording of a conversation between Hill and fiancee Crystal Espinal discussing the boy’s injuries. Los Angeles Times, "Tyreek Hill won’t be suspended by the NFL over domestic violence allegations," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of air

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for air

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin aer, from Greek aēr air

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The first known use of air was in the 14th century

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air

noun

English Language Learners Definition of air

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the invisible mixture of gases (such as nitrogen and oxygen) that surrounds the Earth and that people and animals breathe
: the space or sky that is filled with air
: methods of travel that involve flying

air

verb

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

: to place something in an open area where there is a lot of moving air to make it cool, dry, or clean
: to allow air from the outside to enter something (such as a room) so that it becomes fresher or cleaner
: to make (something) known in public : to state (something) publicly

air

noun
\ ˈer How to pronounce air (audio) \

Kids Definition of air

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the invisible mixture of odorless tasteless gases that surrounds the earth
2 : the space or sky that is filled with air The balloon rose up into the air.
3 : air that is compressed I filled the car's tires with air.
4 : outward appearance : a quality that a person or thing has He has an air of mystery about him.
5 : aircraft travel by air
7 : a radio or television broadcast He gave a speech on the air.
8 airs plural : an artificial way of acting put on airs

air

verb
aired; airing

Kids Definition of air (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to place in the air for cooling, freshening, or cleaning air blankets
2 : to make known in public air complaints

air

noun
\ ˈa(ə)r, ˈe(ə)r How to pronounce air (audio) \

Medical Definition of air

: a mixture of invisible odorless tasteless sound-transmitting gases that is composed by volume chiefly of 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen, 0.9 percent argon, 0.03 percent carbon dioxide, varying amounts of water vapor, and minute amounts of rare gases (as helium), that surrounds the earth with half its mass within four miles of the earth's surface, that has a pressure at sea level of about 14.7 pounds per square inch, and that has a density of 1.293 grams per liter at 0°C and 760 mm pressure

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