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The Definition of - air (noun)

    a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases that surrounds the earth and forms its atmosphere.
    a stir in the atmosphere; a light breeze.
    overhead space; sky:
    The planes filled the air.
    circulation; publication; publicity:
    to give air to one's theories.
    the general character or complexion of anything; appearance:
    His early work had an air of freshness and originality.
    the peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person:
    There is an air of mystery about him.
    airs, affected or unnatural manner; manifestation of pride or vanity; assumed haughtiness:
    He acquired airs that were insufferable to his friends.
    1. a tune; melody.
    2. the soprano or treble part.
    3. an aria.
    4. Also, ayre. an Elizabethan art song.
    aircraft as a means of transportation:
    to arrive by air; to ship goods by air.
    Informal. air conditioning or an air-conditioning system:
    The price includes tires, radio, and air.
    1. (during an airborne stunt) the height between the ground and an athlete or an athlete with his or her equipment:
      The BMX course was designed for riders to get good air.
    2. such a jump or other airborne stunt:
      The snowboarder took first place with four clean airs.
    Radio. the medium through which radio waves are transmitted.
    Archaic. breath.
    verb (used with object)
    to expose to the air; give access to the open air; ventilate (often followed by out):
    We air the bedrooms every day.
    to expose ostentatiously; bring to public notice; display:
    to air one's opinions; to air one's theories.
    to broadcast or televise.
    verb (used without object)
    to be exposed to the open air (often followed by out):
    Open the window and let the room air out.
    to be broadcast or televised.
    operating by means of air pressure or by acting upon air:
    an air drill; an air pump.
    of or relating to aircraft or to aviation:
    air industry.
    taking place in the air; aerial:
    air war.
    clear the air, to eliminate dissension, ambiguity, or tension from a discussion, situation, etc.:
    The staff meeting was intended to help clear the air.
    get some air,
    1. to take a break from an unpleasant encounter or stifling environment:
      She walked away from the argument to get some air.
    2. to take a short rest.
    get the air, Informal.
    1. to be rejected, as by a lover.
    2. to be dismissed, as by an employer:
      He had worked only a few days when he got the air.
    give (someone) the air, Informal.
    1. to reject, as a lover:
      He was bitter because she gave him the air.
    2. to dismiss, as an employee.
    in the air, in circulation; current:
    There's a rumor in the air that we're moving to a new location.
    into thin air, completely out of sight or reach:
    He vanished into thin air.
    off the air,
    1. not broadcasting:
      The station goes off the air at midnight.
    2. not broadcast; out of operation as a broadcast:
      The program went off the air years ago.
    on the air, in the act of broadcasting; being broadcast:
    The program will be going on the air in a few seconds.
    put on airs, to assume an affected or haughty manner:
    As their fortune increased, they began to put on airs.
    take the air,
    1. to go out-of-doors; take a short walk or ride.
    2. Slang. to leave, especially hurriedly.
    3. to begin broadcasting.
    up in the air,
    1. Also, in the air. undecided or unsettled:
      The contract is still up in the air.
    2. Informal. angry; perturbed:
      There is no need to get up in the air over a simple mistake.
    walk / tread on air, to feel very happy; be elated.

Word Example of - air

    Example Sentences for air

    The air there was charged with the scent of gathered grapes.

    There is something in the air out here that is almost intoxicating!

    So they rose into the air and disappeared in an easterly direction.

    There is something in your verses as distinguished as your air.

    Mrs. Armstrong's air of excitement was very much in evidence.

    Then he leaned over and played it with the air of a man who lays all in the lap of the gods.

    Hopkins's brow was clouded, and he sat down with an air of deep dejection.

    This was settled, and he rode off with almost his usual gaiety of air.

    Faulkner assumed an air of real affliction, presumably for the departed.

    Though it was not foggy, the air was thick, and I could see nothing ahead.

Word Origin & History of - air

    Word Origin & History

    air c.1300, "invisible gases that make up the atmosphere," from O.Fr. air, from L. ærem (nom. ær), from Gk. aer (gen. æros) "air" (related to aenai "to blow, breathe"), of unknown origin, possibly from a base *awer- and thus related to aeirein "to raise" and arteria "windpipe, artery" (see aorta), on notion of "lifting, that which rises." In Homer mostly "thick air, mist;" later "air" as one of the four elements. Words for "air" in Indo-European languages tend to be associated with wind, brightness, sky. Replaced native lyft, luft (see loft). The verb meaning "to expose to open ...air" is first recorded 1520s. Broadcasting sense (e.g. on the air) first recorded 1927. To give (someone) the air "dismiss" is from 1900. Air pollution is attested by 1870.