air Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of
- air pollution
- a smell of chemicals in the air
- open a window and let in some air
- I need some fresh air
noun the region above the ground
- her hand stopped in mid air
- he threw the ball into the air
noun a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
- an air of mystery
- the house had a neglected air
- an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters
- the place had an aura of romance
noun a slight wind (usually refreshing)
breeze; zephyr; gentle wind.
- the breeze was cooled by the lake
- as he waited he could feel the air on his neck
noun the mass of air surrounding the Earth
- there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere
- it was exposed to the air
noun once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
noun a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
melodic phrase; melodic line; strain; melody; line; tune.
- she was humming an air from Beethoven
noun medium for radio and television broadcasting
- the program was on the air from 9 til midnight
- the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people
noun travel via aircraft
aviation; air travel.
- air travel involves too much waiting in airports
- if you've time to spare go by air
verb expose to fresh air
aerate; air out.
- aerate your old sneakers
verb be broadcast
- This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.
verb broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
broadcast; beam; transmit; send.
- We cannot air this X-rated song
verb make public
publicize; bare; publicise.
- She aired her opinions on welfare
verb expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
- Air linen
verb expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
vent; ventilate; air out.
- air the old winter clothes
- air out the smoke-filled rooms
The fluid which we breathe, and which surrounds the earth; the atmosphere. It is invisible, inodorous, insipid, transparent, compressible, elastic, and ponderable. ✍ By the ancient philosophers, air was regarded as an element; but modern science has shown that it is essentially a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen, with a small amount of carbon dioxide, the average proportions being, by volume: oxygen, 20.96 per cent.; nitrogen, 79.00 per cent.; carbon dioxide, 0.04 per cent. These proportions are subject to a very slight variability. Air also always contains some vapor of water.
Symbolically: Something unsubstantial, light, or volatile."Charm ache with air." Shak.
He was still all air and fire. Macaulay. [Air and fire being the finer and quicker elements as opposed to earth and water.]
A particular state of the atmosphere, as respects heat, cold, moisture, etc., or as affecting the sensations; as, a smoky air, a damp air, the morning air, etc.
Any aëriform body; a gas;Obs. as, oxygen was formerly called vital. air
Air in motion; a light breeze; a gentle wind.
Let vernal airs through trembling osiers play. Pope.
Odoriferous or contaminated air.
That which surrounds and influences.
The keen, the wholesome air of poverty. Wordsworth.
Utterance abroad; publicity; vent.
You gave it air before me. Dryden.
Intelligence; information.Obs. Bacon.
(Mus.) (a) A musical idea, or motive, rhythmically developed in consecutive single tones, so as to form a symmetrical and balanced whole, which may be sung by a single voice to the stanzas of a hymn or song, or even to plain prose, or played upon an instrument; a melody; a tune; an aria. (b) In harmonized chorals, psalmody, part songs, etc., the part which bears the tune or melody -- in modern harmony usually the upper part -- is sometimes called the air.
The peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person; mien; demeanor;"His very air." Shak. as, the airof a youth; a heavy air; a lofty air.
Peculiar appearance; apparent character; semblance; manner; style.
It was communicated with the air of a secret. Pope.
An artificial or affected manner; show of pride or vanity; haughtiness;Thackeray. as, it is said of a person, he puts on. airs
(Paint.) (a) The representation or reproduction of the effect of the atmospheric medium through which every object in nature is viewed.New Am. Cyc. (b) Carriage; attitude; action; movement;Fairholt. as, the head of that portrait has a good. air
(Man.) The artificial motion or carriage of a horse. ✍ Air is much used adjectively or as the first part of a compound term. In most cases it might be written indifferently, as a separate limiting word, or as the first element of the compound term, with or without the hyphen; as, air bladder, air-bladder, or airbladder; air cell, air-cell, or aircell; air-pump, or airpump.
Air transitive verb
To expose to the air for the purpose of cooling, refreshing, or purifying; to ventilate; as, to. aira room
It were good wisdom . . . that the jail were aired. Bacon.
Were you but riding forth to air yourself. Shak.
To expose for the sake of public notice; to display ostentatiously; as, to. airone's opinion
Airing a snowy hand and signet gem. Tennyson.
To expose to heat, for the purpose of expelling dampness, or of warming; as, to airlinen; to airliquors.