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Definitions of aerial

  1. in or belonging to the air or operating ( for or by means of aircraft or elevated cables) in the air; " aerial particles"; " small aerial creatures such as butterflies"; " aerial warfare"; " aerial photography"; " aerial cable cars"
  2. a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer
  3. characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air; " figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away"- Thomas Carlyle; " aerial fancies"; " an airy apparition"; " physical rather than ethereal forms"
  4. ( botany) growing in air; " aerial roots of a philodendron"
  5. growing in air; " aerial roots of a philodendron"
  6. Of or pertaining to the air, or atmosphere; inhabiting or frequenting the air; produced by or found in the air; performed in the air; as, aerial regions or currents.
  7. Rising aloft in air; high; lofty; as, aerial spires.
  8. Growing, forming, or existing in the air, as opposed to growing or existing in earth or water, or underground; as, aerial rootlets, aerial plants.
  9. Light as air; ethereal.
  10. Relating to the air; existing or happening in the air; airy; hence, high; lofty; as, aerial flight.
  11. Belonging to the air: inhabiting or existing in the air: elevated, lofty.
  12. Belonging to the air; high.
  13. Of or like the air; high in air; growing in air; airy; spiritual.
  14. Belonging to the air; consisting of air; produced by air; existing or moving in the air; graceful; high in the air; elevated. Aerial plants, those which derive their nourishment chiefly from the atmosphere. Aerial perspective, perspective as affected by the atmosphere. Aerial tints, such tints as suggest distance.
  15. Belonging to the air; high; lofty.
  16. Inhabiting the air; roots growing above ground, e. g. from stems of ivy, for purposes of climbing; also to small bulbs appearing in the axils of the leaves of certain plants.

Usage examples for aerial

  1. The following statement from him refers to a type of aeroplane of great novelty and ingenuity: " James Gordon Bennett came to me and asked that I try some primary experiments to see if aerial navigation was feasible with 'heavier- than- air' machines. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  2. It is not cumulative; it begins and ends with the solitary dreamer, and the next who follows him has to build his own cloud- castle as if it were the first aerial edifice that a human soul had ever constructed. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  3. But even then its efficacy is doubtful, and manifestly so; otherwise the reformers, who at the start set out to abolish alliances as recognized causes of war, would not have ended by setting up a new Triple Alliance, which involves military, naval, and aerial establishments, and the corresponding financial burdens inseparable from these. – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
  4. There will be no aerial contest. – A Republic Without a President and Other Stories by Herbert Ward
  5. Nearer and nearer came the aerial wonder, flying in great circles, as you may have seen a dove when about to alight. – Journeys Through Bookland V2 by Charles H. Sylvester
  6. Wireless can fling out a fan of swift aerial police ahead of us from Europe. – The Flying Legion by George Allan England
  7. He has ever evinced great faith in the ultimate triumph of aerial navigation, and she is glad that his dreams are being realised. – Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 by Edward William Cole
  8. There I stood again, listening to the wild notes of Sinfi's crwth in the distance, as the sun rose higher, pouring a radiance through the eastern gate of the gorge, and kindling the aerial vapours moving about the llyn till their iridescent sails suggested the wings of some enormous dragon- fly of every hue. – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  9. I got a brief aerial view of the whole island as Kazu balanced momentarily on the rim, and then we were all thrown to the floor as he stumbled and slid down the hillside to the level country outside of the crater. – The Image and the Likeness by John Scott Campbell
  10. While there was still light, an aerial battle took place overhead. – "And they thought we wouldn't fight" by Floyd Gibbons
  11. A fall and a broken leg seem to have been the usual results of these early attempts at aerial flight. – The Project Gutenberg RST Manual by Marcello Perathoner
  12. It was a radio- aerial message to the commander of the submarine: " The slaves have risen. – The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  13. At any moment a new invention, a favourable diplomatic combination, would suffice to move them to burst all bounds and resume the military, naval and aerial contest anew. – England and Germany by Emile Joseph Dillon
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