midair

noun
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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All 298 passengers and crew on board flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed on July 17, 2014, when a missile shattered the Boeing 777 midair, sending debris and bodies raining down onto farms and fields of sunflowers. Fox News, "Three Russians, one Ukrainian to be tried for murder in MH17 trial," 19 June 2019 Suddenly, an image appeared of him suspended in midair, his arms outstretched and mouth agape with wonder. ... Allan Ripp, WSJ, "My Son’s Terrifying Leap," 24 Feb. 2019 The result might be a plane that appears to suddenly jerk in midair, rise like a dragon, slow to a relative crawl, or perform some other impossible-looking aerial maneuver. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's New Upgrade Makes Its Fighter Jets Wildly Maneuverable," 7 Nov. 2018 Mitchell opened the contest by throwing the ball off one backboard, catching it in midair, and dunking on a different hoop. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Donovan Mitchell edges Larry Nance in NBA Slam Dunk contest," 17 Feb. 2018 All 298 passengers and crew on board the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed on July 17, 2014, when a missile shattered the Boeing 777 in midair sending debris and bodies raining down onto farms and fields of sunflowers. Washington Post, "The Latest: Mother says 4 people to be tried over MH17 crash," 20 June 2019 All 298 passengers and crew on board the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed on July 17, 2014, when a missile shattered the Boeing 777 in midair sending debris and bodies raining down onto farms and fields of sunflowers. Fox News, "Investigation team to announce progress in MH17 probe," 19 June 2019 All 298 passengers and crew on board the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed on July 17, 2014, when a missile shattered the Boeing 777 in midair, sending debris and bodies raining down onto farms and fields of sunflowers. Mike Corder, chicagotribune.com, "The Netherlands to put 4 on trial for murder in downing of MH17 over Ukraine," 19 June 2019 All 298 passengers and crew on board the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed on July 17, 2014, when a missile shattered the Boeing 777 in midair, sending debris and bodies raining down onto farms and fields of sunflowers. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "Three Russians, one Ukrainian charged over MH17 crash," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of midair

1605, in the meaning defined above

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midair

noun

English Language Learners Definition of midair

: a region in the air not close to the ground

midair

noun
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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