mid·​air ˈmid-ˈer How to pronounce midair (audio)
: a point or region in the air not immediately adjacent to the ground
the planes collided in midair

Example Sentences

The two planes collided in midair. We watched birds catching insects in midair.
Recent Examples on the Web Radar locates aerial objects by sending out radio waves meant to bounce off objects in midair. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 15 Feb. 2023 Video demonstrates the robot's ability to remain stable hovering in midair for more than 20 seconds. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Jan. 2023 Its roots, abandoned on the dirt, resembled arms that grasped at something in midair. Longreads, 12 Jan. 2023 Both midair and on the ground, Kosinski is an approximator. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 May 2022 Four of the plaintiffs were struck in the car attack, including Marcus Martin, who was captured in that moment of terror, midair and tumbling over the car. Arkansas Online, 24 Nov. 2021 On her first apparatus, Ms. Biles ran down the mat intending to execute a 2.5 twist Amanar vault, but faltered midair and hastily landed, a twist short. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 July 2021 Native to northern latitudes around the world, Bohemian waxwings are agile fliers and feed in summer by catching insects in midair. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Dec. 2022 Wings Over Dallas was canceled after two World War II-era aircraft collided in midair Saturday, killing six people. Dallas News, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


mid·​air ˈmid-ˈa(ə)r How to pronounce midair (audio)
: a point or region in the air not very close to the ground
planes collided in midair

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