(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”).