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Definitions of air

  1. expose to fresh air, as of old clothing; " aerate your old sneakers"
  2. travel via aircraft; " air travel involves too much waiting in airports"; " if you've time to spare go by 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"
  4. 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"
  5. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; " she was humming an air from Beethoven"
  6. the region above the ground; " her hand stopped in mid air"; " he threw the ball into the air"
  7. a slight wind ( usually refreshing); " the breeze was cooled by the lake"; " as he waited he could feel the air on his neck"
  8. 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"
  9. expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen; " air the old winter clothes"; " air out the smoke- filled rooms"
  10. make public; " She aired her opinions on welfare"
  11. be broadcast; " This show will air Saturdays at 2 P. M."
  12. relating to or characteristic of or occurring in the air; " air war"; " air safety"; " air travel"
  13. broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; " We cannot air this X- rated song"
  14. the mass of air surrounding the Earth; " there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"; " it was exposed to the air"
  15. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe ( Empedocles)
  16. expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry; " Air linen"
  17. expose to fresh air; " aerate your old sneakers"
  18. The fluid which we breathe, and which surrounds the earth; the atmosphere. It is invisible, inodorous, insipid, transparent, compressible, elastic, and ponderable.
  19. Symbolically: Something unsubstantial, light, or volatile.
  20. 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.
  21. Any aeriform body; a gas; as, oxygen was formerly called vital air.
  22. Air in motion; a light breeze; a gentle wind.
  23. Odoriferous or contaminated air.
  24. That which surrounds and influences.
  25. Utterance abroad; publicity; vent.
  26. Intelligence; information.
  27. 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.
  28. The peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person; mien; demeanor; as, the air of a youth; a heavy air; a lofty air.
  29. Peculiar appearance; apparent character; semblance; manner; style.
  30. An artificial or affected manner; show of pride or vanity; haughtiness; as, it is said of a person, he puts on airs.
  31. The representation or reproduction of the effect of the atmospheric medium through which every object in nature is viewed.
  32. Carriage; attitude; action; movement; as, the head of that portrait has a good air.
  33. The artificial motion or carriage of a horse.
  34. To expose to the air for the purpose of cooling, refreshing, or purifying; to ventilate; as, to air a room.
  35. To expose for the sake of public notice; to display ostentatiously; as, to air one's opinion.
  36. To expose to heat, for the purpose of expelling dampness, or of warming; as, to air linen; to air liquors.
  37. in motion; a light breeze; a gentle wind.
  38. 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.
  39. To expose to the air; dry thoroughly, as clothes; to display; bring into public notice; as, to air one's views.
  40. The fluid which we breathe; the atmosphere; external manner; behavior; in music, a melody.
  41. The fluid we breathe: the atmosphere: a light breeze: a tune: the bearing of a person:- pl. affectation.
  42. To expose to the air: to dry: to expose to warm air.
  43. The atmosphere; slight breeze; personal bearing; appearance; melody.
  44. To expose to the air; to expose; to dry by warm air; to warm.
  45. To expose to the air; purify; ventilate; make public.
  46. The gaseous substance surrounding the earth; the atmosphere; wind; breeze.
  47. Characteristic appearance; mien; manner.
  48. Affectation; commonly in the plural.
  49. A melody; tune.
  50. The soprano.
  51. The artificial motions or carriage of a horse.
  52. The atmosphere; an aeriform body or a gas; a light breeze; a tune; melody; peculiar look, appearance, or mien; an affected manner; show of pride; haughtiness. That which expresses action.
  53. To expose to the air; to ventilate; to dry or warm by a fire. To take air, to be made public. To take the air, to go abroad for an airing.
  54. The atmosphere; a gas; a light breeze; a tune or melody; look or mien; affected manner.
  55. To dry; to expose to the air.

Usage examples for air

  1. Air you coming, sir, or airn't you? – By Birth a Lady by George Manville Fenn
  2. She came close up to the table with the air of one quite at home. – Hills of the Shatemuc by Susan Warner
  3. These things are in the air." – The Nest, The White Pagoda, The Suicide, A Forsaken Temple, Miss Jones and The Masterpiece by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  4. " Well, as I say, it's all up in the air. – Martyr by Alan Edward Nourse
  5. Come to the window, sweet is the night- air! – Nature Mysticism by J. Edward Mercer
  6. " 'Tis just the air," she laughed. – The Charm of Ireland by Burton Egbert Stevenson
  7. Mebbe he come hyeh to find out whar they air- don't tell him! – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox
  8. Now let me go out in the air for a moment." – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  9. The fresh air stimulated him as he went forward. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  10. Are you made of air, I wonder? – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  11. " I know that; but he has an air above a simple gentilhomme. – Ernest Maltravers, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  12. The other simply didn't have the air. – Frigid Fracas by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  13. Carolyn June was really sorry for Skinny, but- she needed air- she felt she must have it. – The Ramblin' Kid by Earl Wayland Bowman
  14. This will take out the air. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  15. Give him air and let me think. – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  16. " Well, yes, there is," replied la Peyrade, with the air of a man who makes up his mind to speak out. – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  17. He almost sprang into the air. – Laramie Holds the Range by Frank H. Spearman
  18. The air will do you good, and so I brought you for that purpose. – Cupid's Middleman by Edward B. Lent
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