Air meaning

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Breath.
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A person's bearing, manner, or appearance.
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Affected, superior manners and graces.
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The elastic, invisible mixture of gases (chiefly nitrogen and oxygen, as well as hydrogen, carbon dioxide, argon, neon, helium, etc.) that surrounds the earth; atmosphere.
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Space above the earth; sky.
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A pervading or surrounding influence or condition; general mood or social environment.

Controversy troubling the air at the convention; an apology designed to clear the air.

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An atmospheric movement; a breeze or wind.
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To make known to others; express publicly.

Aired my complaints.

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To broadcast on television or radio.
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Of or relating to the broadcast or transmission of radio or television signals.
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Imaginary or unreal.
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A height achieved by a jump or as part of an airborne maneuver, as in skateboarding or snowboarding.

Getting big air off the halfpipe; had big airs on every run down the course.

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To be broadcast on television or radio.
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Of or relating to the air or the movement of air.

An air tube.

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Existing or living in the air; aerial.
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Powered by compressed air.

An air horn.

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Containing or inflated by air.
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Of or relating to aircraft or aeronautics.
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An outward appearance; general impression or feeling given by something.

An air of luxury fills the room.

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Public expression or publicity.

Give air to your opinions.

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Transportation or travel by aircraft.

To go by air.

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The medium through which radio signals are transmitted.
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Of or by aircraft, air forces, etc.

Air power, air safety.

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To let air into or through; put where air can dry, cool, freshen, etc.
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To make known publicly; publicize.
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To broadcast on radio or television.
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To become aired, dried, cooled, etc.
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To be broadcast on radio or television.
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Mountainous region of the S Sahara, in NC Niger: c. 30,000 sq mi (77,700 sq km)
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The colorless, odorless, tasteless mixture of gases that surrounds the Earth. Air consists of about 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen, with the remaining part made up mainly of argon, carbon dioxide, neon, helium, methane, and krypton in decreasing order of volume. Air also contains varying amounts of water vapor, particulate matter such as dust and soot, and chemical pollutants.
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(uncountable, historical, astrology, alchemy, sciences) The atmospheric substance above the surface of the earth which animals breathe, formerly considered to be a single substance, one of the four basic elements of ancient philosophy and one of the five basic elements of Eastern traditions.
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(uncountable, physics, meteorology) That substance, now understood as the mixture of gases comprising the earth's atmosphere.

The karate instructor said "air is the one thing you can't go five minutes without; when you spar, you have to remember to breathe."

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(usually with the) The apparently open space above the ground; the mass of this substance around the earth.

The flock of birds took to the air.

There was a tension in the air which made me suspect an approaching storm.

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A breeze; a gentle wind.
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To give it an air of artistry and sophistication.

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A sense of poise, graciousness, or quality.
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(usually plural) Pretension; snobbishness; pretence that one is better than others.

Putting on airs.

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(music) A song, especially a solo; an aria.
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(informal) Nothing; absence of anything.
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(snowboarding, skateboarding, motor sports) A jump in which one becomes airborne.
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To bring (something) into contact with the air, so as to freshen or dry it.
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To let fresh air into a room or a building, to ventilate.

It's getting quite stuffy in this room: let's open the windows and air it.

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To discuss varying viewpoints on a given topic.
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To broadcast, as with a television show.
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Eye dialect spelling of hair.
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The definition of air is the mixture of oxygen, nitrogen and other gasses that are consistently present around us.

A cool breeze is an example of air.

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Aircraft.

Send troops to Europe by air.

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Air conditioning.
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To expose to the air in order to dry, cool, or freshen; ventilate.
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An air conditioner or the processed air it produces. Can be a mass noun or a count noun depending on context; similar to hair.

Could you turn on the air?

Hey, did you mean to leave the airs on all week while you were on vacation?

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air one out
  • To throw a long pass.
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in the air
  • Abroad; prevalent:.
    Excitement was in the air.
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up in the air
  • Not yet decided; uncertain.
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give (or get) the air
  • To reject (or be rejected) as a lover.
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in the air
  • Current or prevalent.
  • Not decided; not settled; still imaginary.
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on (or off) the air
  • That is (or is not) broadcasting or being broadcast.
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take the air
  • To go outdoors, as for fresh air.
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up in the air
  • Not settled; not decided.
  • Angry; highly excited, agitated, etc.
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walk on air
  • To feel very happy, lively, or exalted.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

air one out
give (<i>or</i> get) the air
on (<i>or</i> off) the air

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.

    From Wiktionary