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

Small amounts of liquid hydrogen can be explosive when combined with air, and only a slim amount of energy is required to ignite it. River Davis, WSJ, "A Fukushima Ghost Town Seeks Rebirth Through Renewable Energy," 12 July 2019 The heavy rain comes as a cold front approaches, meeting intensely humid air over the region. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland weather: Trapped vehicles, downed power lines reported after storms move through Baltimore region," 12 July 2019 During the procedure, about four small valves are placed in the airways to block off the diseased parts of the lungs where air gets trapped, according to Orlando Health. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Health briefing: UCF’s Limbitless Solutions partners with 3-D manufacturer," 12 July 2019 Because some of that dry air is reaching South Florida’s atmosphere, the region’s chances of showers and thunderstorms are decreasing. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Tropical wave not likely to become a named storm; South Florida’s weekend weather looking good (and hot)," 12 July 2019 On Monday the US State Department approved the potential sale of more than $2 billion in tanks and anti-air missiles to the Taiwan military, sparking a furious reaction from Beijing. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen warns against 'overseas forces' at beginning of US trip," 12 July 2019 Gilmore Girls Our love for Rory and Lorelai has not waned in the slightest in the years since Gilmore Girls went off the air. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "21 Incredibly Addictive TV Series to Stream on Netflix on a Rainy Day," 12 July 2019 The first shipment of Russia’s S-400 air defense missile systems arrived at an airbase near Ankara, Turkey Friday despite Washington's warning that such a move would bring sanctions. Fox News, "Russian S-400 defense systems arrive in Turkey after U.S. warns of sanctions," 12 July 2019 Scientists revere the mountain for its summit above the clouds that provides a clear view of the sky with very little air and light pollution. NBC News, "Construction of huge telescope in Hawaii to resume after protests, court battles," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On Twitter last night when the episode of KUWTK aired, some fans were saying that Khloé was being dramatic, and that the show was trying to paint her as a victim. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "Khloé Kardashian Got Migraines Following Cheating Scandal," 25 June 2019 With the episode finally airing, Rynn, who now lives in Los Angeles to pursue her music career, hopes to build off the momentum from her brush with TV fame. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Canton singer-songwriter Rynn impresses Jonas Brothers on NBC’s ‘Songland’," 18 June 2019 But last fall, a year after The Defenders aired, Netflix began canceling each of its series under the Marvel brand. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Marvel-Netflix Universe’s Final Hero," 14 June 2019 Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement after the DIA first aired the allegations. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, "U.S. military intelligence steps up accusation against Russia over nuclear testing," 13 June 2019 In partnership with Songland, BMG will also release music written and recorded by the two runner-ups immediately after each episode airs. Madeleine Fernando, Billboard, "Publishing Briefs: Rosalía Inks Deal With Universal Music Publishing Group, NBC's 'Songland' Partners with BMG & More," 6 June 2019 Producers of the popular game show are promising a full investigation after footage of Holzhauer’s loss leaked online Sunday afternoon, a day before the episode aired. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Some in Alabama knew early that Jeopardy’s James Holzhauer lost; Who leaked it online?," 5 June 2019 When the episode finally aired on Monday, viewers were stunned by Holzhauer's dramatic loss. Author: Antonia Noori Farzan, Anchorage Daily News, "Chicago librarian dethrones record-shattering ‘Jeopardy!’ champ," 4 June 2019 Boettcher’s win was spoiled by media reports and Holzhauer himself before the episode aired. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "Meet ‘Jeopardy!’ champ Emma Boettcher, the librarian who ended James Holzhauer’s streak," 4 June 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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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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