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 Cosmologists are like film buffs struggling to narrow down the possible plots of Thelma and Louise from its final frame: the Thunderbird hanging frozen in midair. Quanta Magazine, 10 Nov. 2021 Page anticipated a pitch by the Meadville quarterback, blitzed off the left side, caught the pitch in midair and sprinted 50 yards untouched for a touchdown. Staff Report, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2021 The National Transportation Safety Board is looking for an unknown plane that reportedly collided with another aircraft in midair earlier this week and kept flying. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Oct. 2021 Midge swarms, which consist almost entirely of males, also serve a reproductive function, with females entering and taking mates in midair. Brandon Keim, New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 Typically, this involves rotating the engine nacelles 90 degrees while the aircraft is in midair, from a downward-thrust position to a forward-thrust position. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2021 Canyon coach Travis Bush dialed up an onside kick moments later, but New Braunfels’ James Etter snagged the ball in midair to give his team possession. Tucker Stephenson, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Sep. 2021 An American bomber had hit a refueling tanker in midair and dropped four hydrogen bombs, two of which released plutonium into the atmosphere, though no warheads detonated. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Suffering from the twisties -- a mental condition in which gymnasts lose the sense of where their bodies are in midair -- Biles stunned the world by withdrawing from some Olympics events. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of midair

1605, in the meaning defined above

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“Midair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midair. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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