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Meaning & Definition of Air in English

English

Air

/ɛr/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • air

2. The region above the ground

  • "Her hand stopped in mid air"
  • "He threw the ball into the air"
    synonym:
  • air

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • air
  • ,
  • aura
  • ,
  • atmosphere

4. A slight wind (usually refreshing)

  • "The breeze was cooled by the lake"
  • "As he waited he could feel the air on his neck"
    synonym:
  • breeze
  • ,
  • zephyr
  • ,
  • gentle wind
  • ,
  • air

5. The mass of air surrounding the earth

  • "There was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"
  • "It was exposed to the air"
    synonym:
  • atmosphere
  • ,
  • air

6. Once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (empedocles)

    synonym:
  • air

7. A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

  • "She was humming an air from beethoven"
    synonym:
  • tune
  • ,
  • melody
  • ,
  • air
  • ,
  • strain
  • ,
  • melodic line
  • ,
  • line
  • ,
  • melodic phrase

8. 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"
    synonym:
  • air
  • ,
  • airwave

9. Travel via aircraft

  • "Air travel involves too much waiting in airports"
  • "If you've time to spare go by air"
    synonym:
  • air travel
  • ,
  • aviation
  • ,
  • air

verb

1. Expose to fresh air

  • "Aerate your old sneakers"
    synonym:
  • air out
  • ,
  • air
  • ,
  • aerate

2. Be broadcast

  • "This show will air saturdays at 2 p.m."
    synonym:
  • air

3. Broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television

  • "We cannot air this x-rated song"
    synonym:
  • air
  • ,
  • send
  • ,
  • broadcast
  • ,
  • beam
  • ,
  • transmit

4. Make public

  • "She aired her opinions on welfare"
    synonym:
  • publicize
  • ,
  • publicise
  • ,
  • air
  • ,
  • bare

5. Expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry

  • "Air linen"
    synonym:
  • air

6. Expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen

  • "Air the old winter clothes"
  • "Air out the smoke-filled rooms"
    synonym:
  • vent
  • ,
  • ventilate
  • ,
  • air out
  • ,
  • air

Examples of using

"Hey, why is the window open?" "I just opened it to let in a little air. If you're cold, feel free to close it."
The children spent a lot of time in the open air.
The plane has hit several air pockets.