dead air


Definition of dead air

: a period of silence especially during a broadcast

Examples of dead air in a Sentence

After the commercial, there were a few seconds of dead air before the show continued.
Recent Examples on the Web Unlike the 27-turnover performance Friday, when passes thrown to dead air and unsuspecting teammates led to extra Lakers possessions, the ball often found its intended receivers Sunday, when the Clippers turned the ball over just 11 times. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers play starters more minutes vs. Lakers: Five takeaways from the loss," 14 Dec. 2020 But the hurdles used to prolong her rise grow tedious and predictable, as if some unseen producer was prodding the anchorperson to fill dead air. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Queen's Gambit' doesn't make all the right moves, but Anya Taylor-Joy does," 22 Oct. 2020 There’s a lot of dead air in an NFL game—a landmark Journal study in 2010 put the action at about 11 minutes per contest—and the downtime really lingers with no fans to offer a distraction. Jason Gay, WSJ, "What’s It Like Inside an Empty NFL Game?," 28 Sep. 2020 The body-tight design minimizes heat robbing dead air space, and many come with smart hoods that cinch tightly around the head and neck, and baffle and zipper features that keep heat from sneaking out or cold from sneaking in. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Mummy-Style Sleeping Bag," 1 July 2020 After five minutes of dead air that seemed like an eternity, a robotic-sounding, disembodied voice came on the line. New York Times, "Coronavirus Layoffs Are Hitting Start-Ups Hard," 2 Apr. 2020 Instead, his career has turned into the same re-run, playing in an endless loop, filling dead air on daytime TV. Kyle Whitmire, al, "The John Merrill Show is on again. Somebody change the channel.," 22 Apr. 2020 If the Condor were a radio show, there would be no dead air. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Getting intimate at the Condor," 13 Feb. 2020 For maybe the first time in the film, there is dead air. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "‘Uncut Gems’ and Its Exquisitely Harrowing Soundscape," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dead air

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dead air was circa 1943

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“Dead air.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dead air

: a period of silence especially during a radio broadcast

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