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.

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The video starts with four American soldiers seemingly floating in midair, cruising down a desert road. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else," 12 Mar. 2019 In my experience playing a press preview of the game, there were only a few bugs (mostly funny ones, like corpses wobbling in midair), and the game retains the series’s recent level of polish. T.c. Sottek, The Verge, "Battlefield V’s single-player stories are the right way to do war games," 20 Nov. 2018 Benintendi snagged it with all four limbs outstretched in midair. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Red Sox Notch Game 2 World Series Win Over Dodgers," 25 Oct. 2018 Deprived of the ability to refuel in midair, targets deep behind enemy lines would become off-limits and fighters would patrol at shorter ranges. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How China's New Missile Concept Could Cripple American Air Power," 23 Oct. 2018 Or pinch-and-zoom to see if there's fishing wire suspending them in midair. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Watch These 'Magical' Brooms Glide On Their Own," 11 Oct. 2018 The effect is particularly spellbinding on a pair of statement earrings, lending a soft halo to guava rose quartz orbs that appear to float in midair. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Yael Sonia Is Bringing the Artisanal Traditions of the Amazon to the World of Fine Jewelry," 11 Sep. 2018 For the unfamiliar, these tramways are a bit like a car that’s suspended in midair, and travels via cable. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "How the aerial tramway was saved from being Twitter’s least popular emoji," 26 July 2018 Last year, 24 people were stranded midair for three hours while riding the Joker’s Jinx ride at Six Flags America in Maryland after the roller coaster stalled at around 100 feet in the air, according to WFMY. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Six Flags Roller Coaster Stuck at Peak Leaves Riders Stranded," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of midair

1605, in the meaning defined above

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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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