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 Judge Sullivan ordered that a plane taking them out of the country turn around in midair. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "Judge in Flynn Case Renowned for His Independent Streak," 13 May 2020 In one, an object is seen racing through the sky and begins rotating in midair. Stefan Becket, CBS News, "Pentagon formally releases 3 Navy videos showing "unidentified aerial phenomena"," 29 Apr. 2020 Then there were smaller bugs, like computer terminals floating in midair. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Fallout 76’s “Wastelanders” expansion makes West Virginia feel like home," 24 Apr. 2020 But has anyone in dunk-contest history snatched a pass one-handed, spun midair — keeping control of the ball — and windmilled it into the hoop with such vengeance? Phil Thompson, SFChronicle.com, "Makeover needed for NBA dunk contest after iffy ending," 16 Feb. 2020 At Point Mugu, a conical hunk of rock where car commercials are often filmed, Cooper set up on a crumbling asphalt promontory, with one toe of the tripod hovering midair. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "A Photographer at the Ends of the Earth," 30 Sep. 2019 The conical nature of the beam means that a single pulse can catch several drones in midair at once, making PHASER particularly useful against drone swarms. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Mobilizes Its Laser and Microwave Weapons Abroad," 9 Apr. 2020 The ball smacked off the glass, and Tillman soared midair with two hands and threw it down. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball escapes Illinois with hard-fought win, 70-69," 12 Feb. 2020 Four goals in under 12 minutes, that could have been six including the Solow near-miss and a shot by Madden that Robert Mastrosimone literally knocked out of midair with his stick . Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "A questionable end, but a storybook night for sports at the Beanpot final," 11 Feb. 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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25 May 2020

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“Midair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midair. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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