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 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. Fox News, "Alaska midair collision kills GOP state lawmaker, 6 others," 1 Aug. 2020 Seven people were killed Friday after two planes collided in midair south of Anchorage, Alaska, state troopers said. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Alaska state legislator among seven people killed in midair plane collision," 1 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, USA TODAY, "7 dead, including Alaska state lawmaker, after 2 small airplanes collide in midair," 1 Aug. 2020 Investigators are trying to figure out what exactly occurred when two planes collided in midair near the Soldotna airport on the Kenai Peninsula on Friday, killing seven people including a Kenai lawmaker. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "NTSB recovering planes in midair collision near Soldotna that killed 7, including legislator and local pilot," 1 Aug. 2020 In another video tracking an object above the clouds, an object is seen racing through the sky and begins rotating in midair. CBS News, "Senators want public to see Pentagon UFO reports, citing "inconsistent" information sharing," 24 June 2020 But shotgun sports aren't just for hunters; there are a growing number of recreational shooters who have never taken to the field and simply enjoy the challenge of intercepting a 108mm clay in midair at 45 miles an hour. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Expert Shotgun Shooting Tips from Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays Pros," 16 June 2020 Back then, the U.S. had a top-secret operation that entailed putting satellites into orbit, snapping pictures and then ejecting canisters of film from the satellites that tumbled back to Earth to be caught midair by a plane. Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg.com, "Satellites Are Capturing the Protests, and Just About Everything Else on Earth," 15 June 2020 Huntsville has always led the way in Alabama, even with challenges such as going to the moon or shooting down a missile attacking our troops out of midair. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Huntsville business leaders speak out: Remove Confederate monument from courthouse," 14 June 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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“Midair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midair. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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