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air - Dictionary definition and meaning for word air

Definition
(noun) a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of
Example Sentence
  • air pollution
  • a smell of chemicals in the air
  • open a window and let in some air
  • I need some fresh air

Definition
(noun) the region above the ground
Example Sentence
  • her hand stopped in mid air
  • he threw the ball into the air

Definition
(noun) a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
Synonyms : atmosphere , aura
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(noun) a slight wind (usually refreshing)
Synonyms : breeze , gentle wind , zephyr
Example Sentence
  • the breeze was cooled by the lake
  • as he waited he could feel the air on his neck

Definition
(noun) the mass of air surrounding the Earth
Synonyms : atmosphere
Example Sentence
  • there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere
  • it was exposed to the air

Definition
(noun) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
Definition
(noun) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
Example Sentence
  • she was humming an air from Beethoven

Definition
(noun) medium for radio and television broadcasting
Synonyms : airwave
Example Sentence
  • the program was on the air from 9 til midnight
  • the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people

Definition
(noun) travel via aircraft
Synonyms : air travel , aviation
Example Sentence
  • air travel involves too much waiting in airports
  • if you've time to spare go by air

Definition
(verb) expose to fresh air
Synonyms : aerate , air out
Example Sentence
  • aerate your old sneakers

Definition
(verb) be broadcast
Example Sentence
  • This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.

Definition
(verb) broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
Synonyms : beam , broadcast , send , transmit
Example Sentence
  • We cannot air this X-rated song

Definition
(verb) make public
Synonyms : bare , publicise , publicize
Example Sentence
  • She aired her opinions on welfare

Definition
(verb) expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
Example Sentence
  • Air linen

Definition
(verb) expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
Synonyms : air out , vent , ventilate
Example Sentence
  • air the old winter clothes
  • air out the smoke-filled rooms

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