aerial[er′ē əl; for adj., also ā ir′ē əl]
- The definition of aerial is something that is in or from the air.
An example of something that is aerial is a picture taken from a helicopter.
An aerial view of farmland.
- of, in, or by the air
- like air; light as air
- not substantial; unreal; imaginary
- high up; lofty
- of, for, from, or by means of aircraft or flying: an aerial photograph
- Bot. growing in the air instead of in soil or water
Origin of aerial; from Classical Latin aerius ; from aer (see air) + -al
- antenna (sense )
- Gym. a running somersault performed without the use of hands
- Of, in, or caused by the air.
- Existing or living in the air.
- Reaching high into the air; lofty.
- Suggestive of air, as in lightness; airy.
- Unsubstantial; imaginary.
- Of, for, or by means of aircraft: aerial photography.
- Botany Growing or borne above the ground or water: aerial roots.
- A radio antenna, especially one suspended in or extending into the air.
- Sports a. An acrobatic maneuver performed in midair, as in skateboarding.b. A flip in which the body turns over sideways with the arms and legs spread similar to a cartwheel.
Origin of aerialFrom Latin āerius, from Greek āerios, from āēr, air; see wer-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more aerial, superlative most aerial)
- Living or taking place in the air. [from 16th c.]
- The seabirds put on an astonishing aerial display.
- (now literary or historical) Made up of air or gas; gaseous. [from 16th c.]
- Positioned high up; elevated. [from 16th c.]
- The aerial photographs clearly showed the damage caused by the storm.
- Ethereal, insubstantial; imaginary. [from 16th c.]
- Pertaining to the air or atmosphere; atmospheric. [from 17th c.]
- Pertaining to a vehicle which travels through the air; airborne; relating to or conducted by means of aircraft. [from 17th c.]
Some make a distinction between an antenna and an aerial, with the former used to indicate a rigid structure, and the latter consisting of a wire strung in the air. For those who do not make a distinction, antenna is more commonly used in the United States and aerial is more commonly used in the United Kingdom.
From Latin āerius, from Ancient Greek ἀέριος (aerios), from ἀήρ (aēr, “air”).