: the mixture of invisible odorless tasteless gases (such as nitrogen and oxygen) that surrounds the earth
also : the equivalent mix of gases on another planet
… the thin, frigid air of Mars. —Stefano S. Coledan
: a light breeze
archaic : breath
: outward appearance of a thing
an air of luxury
: a surrounding or pervading influence : atmosphere
an air of mystery
: the look, appearance, or bearing of a person especially as expressive of some personal quality or emotion : demeanor
an air of dignity
: an artificial or affected manner
put on airs
: nothingness —usually used in the phrases into thin air and out of thin air
vanished/disappeared into thin air… nor did any of them seem to have noticed that six people had just melted into thin air in front of them.—J. K. Rowling… jobs can't just be created out of thin air.—The Wall Street Journal
: empty space
old-fashioned : a sudden severance of relations
She gave me the air.
: an air-conditioning system
a house with central air
: public utterance
He gave air to his opinion.
: a football offense utilizing primarily the forward pass
Trailing by 20 points, the team took to the air.
: the height achieved in performing an aerial maneuver
a snowboarder catching big air
also : the maneuver itself
aired; airing; airs
: to expose to the air for drying, purifying, or refreshing : ventilate —often used with out
He opened the windows to air out the room.
: to expose to public view or bring to public notice
aired their complaints
: to transmit by radio or television
air a program
: to become exposed to the open air
The blankets were left outside to air.
: to become broadcast
a program that airs daily
Noun These laws are meant to produce cleaner air. A delicious smell filled the air. I like to dine outdoors in the open air. He can't breathe! Everybody move back and give him some air! High in the mountains the air is thin and it can be hard to breathe. He pumped air into the bicycle tire. The city is wonderful seen from the air. the fish of the sea and the birds of the air The balloon rose up into the air and then floated through the air. There has been heavy fighting on the ground and in the air. Verb The blankets were left outside to air. She opened the windows to air the room. The company had a meeting so that employees could air their complaints. The interview will be aired tomorrow. The interview will air tomorrow. See More
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NounOn Thursday, the governor of the Russian region of Belgorod, Vyacheslav Gladkov, claimed that the Ukrainian military was shelling areas inside Belgorod and that Russian air defense had been active in a district of Belgorod, which borders Ukraine. —Tom Soufi Burridge, ABC News, 25 May 2023 Binnig, who is 32 and has worked at the center for four years, has an air of unassuming confidence and a broad smile. —Maggie Jones, New York Times, 17 May 2023 And advocates say there’s so much more to be done to make air travel accessible to everyone, too. —Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 17 May 2023 Ozone levels are low; air quality is good for everyone. —Lana Ferguson, Dallas News, 17 May 2023 The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo. —Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 17 May 2023 In a scene from the episode that is set to air May 17 on Bravo, Madix tells a group of friends, including her co-stars Katie Maloney and Scheana Shay, about finding out after accompanying Sandoval to a party at his bar TomTom that he and Madix’s close friend Leviss had been romantically involved. —Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 May 2023 Trees actually send out more pollen early in the morning, but at night as cool air sinks concentrations rise near the ground. —Daniel Kool, BostonGlobe.com, 16 May 2023 Houston starter Cristian Javier smiled broadly and raised both arms in the air before tipping his cap after witnessing the grab. —Kristie Rieken, Chron, 16 May 2023
VerbMonday, June 5: The rest of the fourth round will air on the Tennis Channel. —Town & Country, 28 May 2023 This week’s finale will air in the midst of a Writers Guild of America strike meant to force GoJo-like streaming giants to pay their writers a living wage and not replace them with robots. —Phillip Maciak, The New Republic, 26 May 2023 The show will air live with 3-hour episodes every Friday and Saturday on Reelz this season, providing more high-stakes drama and heart-racing situations than ever before. —oregonlive, 26 May 2023 This Emmy-winning juggernaut will air its series finale on Friday over on Prime Video. —Vulture, 26 May 2023 Vanderpump Rules airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo and streams on Peacock the next day. —Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 25 May 2023 His company delivered a popular series to one of the public service broadcasters (PSBs) last year which, due to scheduling, likely won’t air until this summer. —K.j. Yossman, Variety, 25 May 2023 The call angered many fans, who took to social media to air their grievances. —Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 24 May 2023 Additionally, on June 10, the Hall of Fame will feature a screening of the 1997 documentary Fan Fair Phenomenon, which aired on The Nashville Network. —Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 24 May 2023 See More
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