air·​tight | \ ˈer-ˌtīt How to pronounce airtight (audio) \

Definition of airtight

1 : impermeable to air or nearly so an airtight seal
2a : having no noticeable weakness, flaw, or loophole an airtight argument
b : permitting no opportunity for an opponent to score an airtight defense

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airtightness noun

Examples of airtight in a Sentence

Store the food in an airtight container. The defendant had an airtight alibi.

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The case against him would have to be airtight and based on indisputable fact. Ted Van Dyk, WSJ, "To Beat Trump, Get a Grip," 23 July 2018 Make sure the connection between the balloon and tube is airtight. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Floating with a Swim Bladder," 5 July 2018 This newfound access for third-party developers comes at a time when data privacy is top of mind for some consumers as well as legislators, and Snap is going to great lengths in its outreach around Snap Kit to assure people the platform is airtight. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Snap Will Let Other Apps Use Its Features, But Not Your Data," 14 June 2018 And, as the example of the creepy Facebook engineer shows, the policies that exist are hardly airtight. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Facebook, Uber and the Trouble With "God View"," 12 May 2018 The cryptography securing the network needs to be airtight. The Economist, "New ways to trade data," 28 Mar. 2018 While bins certainly aren’t airtight, the lack of air might have played a part in the loss of the pet. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'There was no sound': United apologizes after French bulldog dies in overhead bin | The Kansas City Star," 13 Mar. 2018 Justice Potter Stewart, writing for a unanimous court, acknowledged that the division between political and union activities was not airtight. Richard A. Epstein, Newsweek, "Is the Supreme Court About to Hobble Labor Unions?," 23 Feb. 2018 But the special counsel’s office appears to be airtight. Matt Ford, New Republic, "Trump Is Here to Stay," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of airtight

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of airtight

: tightly sealed so that no air can get in or out
: too strong or effective to fail or to be defeated


air·​tight | \ ˈer-ˈtīt How to pronounce airtight (audio) \

Kids Definition of airtight

: so tightly sealed that no air can get in or out Store the cookies in an airtight container.

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