mid·​air | \ ˈmid-ˈer How to pronounce midair (audio) \

Definition of midair

: a point or region in the air not immediately adjacent to the ground the planes collided in midair

Examples of midair in a Sentence

The two planes collided in midair. We watched birds catching insects in midair.
Recent Examples on the Web As her mother's coffin hung in midair and workers struggled to fix the crane, Terry Chiodi returned to visit her father in the niche in which he had been entombed a few days earlier. NBC News, "Their story touched a pope: Retired Italian couple buried together after dying of Covid-19," 17 Sep. 2020 Together, the four motors produce enough burst for the capsule to sidestep the compromised core stage in midair. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Russian Rocket Launch Failed Spectacularly In Just 118 Seconds," 3 Sep. 2020 Since then, scientists have used vibrations to make liquids levitate in midair and to get air bubbles to sink rather than rise. Edd Gent, Science | AAAS, "Watch levitating upside-down boats flip the law of buoyancy," 2 Sep. 2020 Two small planes collided in midair above a Fairbanks airstrip Thursday afternoon, killing two people and sending two others to the hospital with serious injuries, according to Alaska State Troopers. Anchorage Daily News, "2 dead, 2 seriously injured in midair plane collision above Fairbanks airstrip," 28 Aug. 2020 The latest joint exercises with the Israelis will involve various flying maneuvers near Germany’s border with Denmark, including midair refueling and mock air battles. Melissa Eddy, New York Times, "Israeli Jets Arrive for 1st Joint Military Exercises on German Soil," 17 Aug. 2020 With those in play, the virus can linger for far less time in midair than in closed indoor environments. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "How sick you get may be tied to how much coronavirus you initially came into contact with," 16 Aug. 2020 Eventually, the company plans to catch first stages in midair with a helicopter. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX’s South Texas resort, the Air Force makes its picks," 14 Aug. 2020 Seven people, including an Alaska state lawmaker, died Friday when two small airplanes collided in midair near the airport in Soldotna, a small community on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. Mark Thiessen, Star Tribune, "Midair collision kills state legislator, 6 others in Alaska," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of midair

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of midair was in 1605

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24 Sep 2020

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“Midair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midair. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of midair

: a region in the air not close to the ground


mid·​air | \ ˈmid-ˈer How to pronounce midair (audio) \

Kids Definition of midair

: a region in the air some distance above the ground The bird hovered in midair.

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