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Definition of open-air

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open air


Definition of open air (Entry 2 of 2)

: the space where air is unconfined especially : outdoors

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Synonyms & Antonyms for open-air

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of open-air in a Sentence

Noun a family of city dwellers who can't wait to go camping in the open air
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Steve fishes from a camp chair in the open air without shelter or snack. Anchorage Daily News, "Whether inside a shanty or outside on a camp chair, ice fishing reveals the wondrous world under your feet," 4 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, ancient plant and animal remains trapped inside the Yedoma are exposed to nonfreezing temperatures - or even the open air. oregonlive, "In fast-thawing Siberia, radical climate change is warping the Earth beneath the feet of millions," 5 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, ancient plant and animal remains trapped inside the Yedoma are exposed to nonfreezing temperatures - or even the open air. Anton Troianovski, Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "In fast-thawing Siberia, radical climate change is warping the earth beneath the feet of millions," 4 Oct. 2019 The patio is much more refreshing, because of the open air, yes, but also the hanging flower pots and large wood table that foster more of a community feel. The Know, The Denver Post, "Review: Fortune Wok to Table, a hidden gem in Cherry Creek, is best enjoyed at lunch," 18 Sep. 2019 Infrared layers distort the glass, somewhat like traditional DVD recording media, but do so inside the glass and away from the open air. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's 'Project Silica' targets glass as the archival storage medium of the future," 4 Nov. 2019 There was a bigger, more explosive whooshing sound, like a monstrous sigh, as the air that had been going into the turbochargers was suddenly redirected out into the open air. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Road tripping in a $3 million Bugatti," 5 Oct. 2019 Growing international emphasis on mine safety and changes in technology and ore quality have prompted a shift from deep mining to pit mines or surface mines, which access ores from the open air. Matthew Ross, The Conversation, "Mining powers modern life, but can leave scarred lands and polluted waters behind," 3 Oct. 2019 Investigative journalism is a justice of last resort: Whistle-blowers often send their messages and make their calls with the hope that wrongs, having proved resistant to righting by other means, might be tried in the open air. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Plan to Make Harvey Weinstein a Hero," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of open-air


1830, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of open-air was in the 15th century

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“Open-air.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce open air (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of open-air

: located outside rather than inside a building

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Kids Definition of open air

: space that is not enclosed or covered

Other Words from open-air

open-air adjective An open-air concert will be held in the park.

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