mid·air | \ˈmid-ˈer \

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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Last year, 24 people were stranded midair for three hours while riding the Joker’s Jinx ride at Six Flags America in Maryland after the roller coaster stalled at around 100 feet in the air, according to WFMY. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Six Flags Roller Coaster Stuck at Peak Leaves Riders Stranded," 19 June 2018 Working with Intel, the cover was made by using 958 of the company’s Shooting Star™ drones to create the iconic TIME logo and red border in midair over California. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Watch as Nearly 1,000 Drones Come Together to Make TIME's New Cover," 31 May 2018 Hands was a part-time starter with a flair for the dramatic, including a midair between-the-legs alley-oop pass that Wilkes converted into a layup. Ben Bolch, latimes.com, "UCLA's Kris Wilkes will return for his sophomore season instead of entering NBA draft," 30 May 2018 The note hung suspended in midair, then blossomed into a haunting movie theme. Paul Klenk, New York Times, "‘Godfather Waltz’," 2 July 2018 Additional footage shared by Moore shows the man and boy being reeled back toward the zipline tower, while another photo shows what appears to be a staffer coming to meet them in midair. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Man and child visiting Gatorland get stuck on zipline above alligator pool," 10 July 2018 No penalty! 26’: Yellow for Sweden 26: Larsson of Sweden and Lozano collide in midair, and Lozano takes the worst of it, apparently. Andrew Keh And James Wagner, New York Times, "Mexico Loses to Sweden. Mexico Advances. Celebrate?," 28 June 2018 In 2014, the company suffered a major setback when its spacecraft came apart in midair during a test flight, killing the co-pilot in a blow that set the company back years. Christian Davenport, Houston Chronicle, "What does it mean to be a NASA astronaut in the celebrity space age of Elon Musk and Richard Branson?," 15 June 2018 LeBron James is in midair going for a dunk while Dwyane Wade is underneath him with his arms extended. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "A world-renowned tattoo artist recreates this iconic Wade-to-LeBron Heat dunk photo," 14 June 2018

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1605, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of midair

: a region in the air not close to the ground


mid·air | \ˈmid-ˈer \

Kids Definition of midair

: a region in the air some distance above the ground The bird hovered in midair.

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