Controversy troubling the air at the convention; an apology designed to clear the air.
Aired my complaints.
Getting big air off the halfpipe; had big airs on every run down the course.
An air tube.
An air horn.
An air of luxury fills the room.
Give air to your opinions.
To go by air.
Air power, air safety.
The flock of birds took to the air.
There was a tension in the air which made me suspect an approaching storm.
A cool breeze is an example of air.
Send troops to Europe by air.
Could you turn on the air?
Hey, did you mean to leave the airs on all week while you were on vacation?
- To throw a long pass.
- Abroad; prevalent:.Excitement was in the air.
- Not yet decided; uncertain.
- To reject (or be rejected) as a lover.
- Current or prevalent.
- Not decided; not settled; still imaginary.
- That is (or is not) broadcasting or being broadcast.
- To go outdoors, as for fresh air.
- Not settled; not decided.
- Angry; highly excited, agitated, etc.
- To feel very happy, lively, or exalted.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of air
- Partly from Middle English air gas, atmosphere (from Old French) (from Latin āēr) (from Greek wer-1 in Indo-European roots) and partly from French air nature, quality, place of origin (from Latin ager place, field agriculture) (and Latin ārea open space, threshing floor area) N., sense 8, from French air tune from Italian aria aria
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English air, eir (“gas, atmosphere”), from Anglo-Norman aeir, eyer, Old French aire, eir, from Latin āēr, from Ancient Greek ἀήρ (aér, “wind, atmosphere”). Displaced native Middle English luft, lift (“air”) (from Old English lyft (“air, atmosphere”)), Middle English loft (“air, upper region”) (from Old Norse lopt (“air, sky, loft”)). More at lift, loft.