air

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

Definition of air

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
b : a light breeze
c archaic : breath
2a(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
3a : 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
4a : nothingness usually used in the phrases into thin air and out of thin airvanished/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
b : empty space
c old-fashioned : a sudden severance of relations She gave me the air.
5 [probably translation of Italian aria]
a : tune, melody a lilting air
b : the chief voice part or melody in choral music
c Elizabethan & Jacobean music : an accompanied song or melody in usually strophic form
6 : an air-conditioning system a house with central air
7 : public utterance He gave air to his opinion.
8 : a football offense utilizing primarily the forward pass Trailing by 20 points, the team took to the air.
9 : 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 outHe 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 \ ˈer-​ləs How to pronounce airless (audio) \ adjective
airlessness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for air

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 In comparison, Clemson's issues seem imagined, invented out of thin air for the purpose of controversy — such as the concern that Lawrence has suddenly become careless. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Clemson remains team to beat for the national championship," 16 Sep. 2019 All of this research helped Doriot’s team understand how layers worked to trap air and prevent the loss of body heat, and these insights informed the design of the M-43. Rachel S. Gross, The Atlantic, "The Military Origins of Layering," 15 Sep. 2019 Beyoncé will give fans an inside look at the making of her The Lion King companion album The Gift in a special that is set to air on ABC. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Beyonce's 'Making the Gift' TV Special Announced," 15 Sep. 2019 The free, open-air shuttles that took attendees to and from their cars were gone this year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: KAABOO takes final Del Mar bow: Was the festival rushing too fast to its new home at Petco Park?," 17 Sep. 2019 Tanner and Jade Roper Tolbert are clearing the air regarding their relationship with their kids — and each other. Anya Leon, PEOPLE.com, "Tanner Tolbert Addresses Controversial Comments About Bonding with Baby and Sex with Wife Jade," 17 Sep. 2019 This is manageable for most of Houston over two or three days, but the problem with extremely moist tropical air such as this is its capability to generate intense hourly rainfall rates. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The worst US cyclone this year may be a weak tropical storm [Updated]," 17 Sep. 2019 Music from the main stage filled the air throughout the event, and dance groups added to the festive atmosphere. cleveland.com, "Arts in Strongsville’s ‘Day at the Chalet’ remains popular after 20 years," 17 Sep. 2019 The air was getting chill, not quite freezing over, and somewhere to the west of us a wave of rage was washing up on the machinery of the season. Daniel Poppick, Harper's magazine, "Rumors," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The premiere of Madam Secretary airs Oct. 6 on CBS. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Madam Secretary casts Colin Powell's daughter as FBI director," 17 Sep. 2019 Jersey Shore: Family Vacation airs Thursdays (8 p.m. ET) on MTV. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Jersey Shore's Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is in 'Feast Mode' After Prison Release," 17 Sep. 2019 The program's 36th season is currently airing every Monday through Friday. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Alex Trebek is Restarting Chemotherapy After Pancreatic Cancer Setback," 17 Sep. 2019 The final season of Mr. Robot will be airing this fall, freeing Esmail up for other projects. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Oh, frak: There’s another Battlestar Galactica reboot coming," 17 Sep. 2019 The show’s finale, aired in 2015, wrapped up all the various plotlines so neatly — delivering happy endings to nearly every character — that there wasn’t much for a movie to explore or answer. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Royal visit adds pomp to ‘Downton Abbey’ the movie: Review," 17 Sep. 2019 In daylight, Saudi state television aired a segment with its local correspondent near a police checkpoint, a thick plume of smoke visible behind him. BostonGlobe.com, "While markets remained closed Sunday, the attack could shock world energy prices. They also increased overall tensions in the region amid an escalating crisis between the U.S. and Iran over Tehran’s unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.," 16 Sep. 2019 In daylight, Saudi state television aired a segment with its local correspondent near a police checkpoint, a thick plume of smoke visible behind him. Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Yemen’s Houthi rebels launch drone strikes on large Saudi oil processing site," 14 Sep. 2019 Almost immediately after the show aired, a witness reached out to correspondent Maureen Maher. CBS News, "The Hollywood Ripper: How "48 Hours" helped crack the case of convicted serial killer Michael Gargiulo," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of air

Noun

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

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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4 Nov 2019

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

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air

noun
How to pronounce air (audio)

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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