air·time | \ -ˌtīm \

Definition of airtime 

1 : the time or any part of the time when a radio or television station is on the air

2 : the time at which a radio or television broadcast is scheduled to begin

Examples of airtime in a Sentence

The committee plans to buy radio airtime for the campaign ads.

Recent Examples on the Web

An opposition member of Turkey's media watchdog has published a chart showing unequal airtimes on the state broadcaster for presidential and parliamentary candidates campaigning for Sunday's elections. Fox News, "The Latest: Chart shows Turkish candidates' unequal coverage," 22 June 2018 Ruffin caught a pass intended for a Toronto player and threw the ball in the air to milk the clock, but its airtime was pitiful and the Raptors’ Morris Peterson recovered it and swished a 3-pointer. Angel Guerrero, sacbee, "Even JR Smith is confused over his Finals flub. But was it a Top 5 basketball blunder?," 2 June 2018 By law, each presidential candidate is entitled to 20 minutes of free airtime on public TV. Washington Post, "Turkey: Presidential candidate makes TV speech from prison," 17 June 2018 The 2,700-foot-long, 85-second ride has six inversions, a 75-foot Cobra roll, high-speed curves, airtime hills and more. Julia Fawal, Woman's Day, "10 Things You Never Knew About Roller Coasters," 24 July 2015 Last month, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC close to House Republican leaders, reserved $1.4 million in airtime for television advertising in the district. Andrew Seidman,, "Fearing Democratic wave in suburbs, GOP seeks to hold line in Bucks' First District," 17 May 2018 The candidates spent the most at WBAL-TV, Channel 11, buying a combined $717,000 worth of airtime, according to the contracts posted on the FCC’s website. Pamela Wood,, "Baltimore County Democrats spent nearly $1.7M on TV ads in primary," 14 July 2018 That night, SportsCenter gave the game 90 seconds of airtime. Jacob Feldman,, "How ESPN Is Covering the World Cup Without Highlights," 10 July 2018 Passengers then soar uphill into the first tunnel and get a satisfying burst of airtime as the train crests the top of the hill. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of airtime

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of airtime

: time during a radio or television broadcast : time when something is on the air

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