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

Examples of midair in a Sentence

The two planes collided in midair. We watched birds catching insects in midair.
Recent Examples on the Web Aside from occasional throttle and steering inputs, the G 580 figures out the rest, knowing which tires have hold and which are floating in midair. Brett Berk, Robb Report, 13 May 2024 Engines are catching on fire midair, and tires are falling off. Angela Haupt, TIME, 10 May 2024 Earlier this year, Boeing stopped accepting incomplete or non-conforming fuselages, which may have contributed to quality issues like the kind that resulted in a panel on an Alaska Airlines flight coming off in midair. Jason Ma, Fortune, 4 May 2024 The reptile appears to hover in midair, with its head and neck hanging outside the car and the rest of its body tucked somewhere inside. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 Now federal investigators are looking more closely at Spirit and Boeing to understand what went wrong with the door panel that blew off an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 in midair in January — the latest chapter in a long and troubled relationship between the two companies. Joel Rose, NPR, 2 May 2024 The latest allegations come as Boeing is struggling to rebuild trust with airlines and the public after a door plug panel blew out in midair from a 737 Max 9 in January. Joel Rose, NPR, 12 Apr. 2024 The company was plunged into crisis in January when a door plug panel blew off a 737 Max jet in midair, renewing troubling questions about quality and safety at the company. Joel Rose, NPR, 9 Apr. 2024 In other words, the planes aren't actually stuck in midair. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 7 Apr. 2024

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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 26 May. 2024.

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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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