Definition of Air in English :

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Air meaning in English

Meaning of Air in English

Pronunciation of Air in English

Air pronunciation in English

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see synonyms of air


1. air

a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of

Example Sentences:
'air pollution'
'a smell of chemicals in the air'
'open a window and let in some air'
'I need some fresh air'

2. air

the region above the ground

Example Sentences:
'her hand stopped in mid air'
'he threw the ball into the air'

3. air, atmosphere, aura

a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

Example Sentences:
'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. air, breeze, gentle wind, zephyr

a slight wind (usually refreshing)

Example Sentences:
'the breeze was cooled by the lake'
'as he waited he could feel the air on his neck'

5. air, atmosphere

the mass of air surrounding the Earth

Example Sentences:
'there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere'
'it was exposed to the air'

6. air

once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)

7. air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune

a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

Example Sentences:
'she was humming an air from Beethoven'

8. air, airwave

medium for radio and television broadcasting

Example Sentences:
'the program was on the air from 9 til midnight'
'the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people'

9. air, air travel, aviation

travel via aircraft

Example Sentences:
'air travel involves too much waiting in airports'
'if you've time to spare go by air'


10. aerate, air, air out

expose to fresh air

Example Sentences:
'aerate your old sneakers'

11. air

be broadcast

Example Sentences:
'This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.'

12. air, beam, broadcast, send, transmit

broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television

Example Sentences:
'We cannot air this X-rated song'

13. air, bare, publicise, publicize

make public

Example Sentences:
'She aired her opinions on welfare'

14. air

expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry

Example Sentences:
'Air linen'

15. air, air out, vent, ventilate

expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen

Example Sentences:
'air the old winter clothes'
'air out the smoke-filled rooms'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of air
the mixture of gases that forms the earth's atmosphere. At sea level dry air has a density of 1.226 kilograms per cubic metre and consists of 78.08 per cent nitrogen, 20.95 per cent oxygen, 0.93 per cent argon, 0.03 per cent carbon dioxide, with smaller quantities of ozone and inert gases; water vapour varies between 0 and 4 per cent and in industrial areas sulphur gases may be present as pollutants
the space above and around the earth; sky
▶ Related adjective: aerial
breeze; slight wind
public expression; utterance
to give air to one's complaints
a distinctive quality
an air of mystery
a person's distinctive appearance, manner, or bearing
7. music
a simple tune for either vocal or instrumental performance
b.  another word for aria
transportation in aircraft (esp in the phrase by air)
9.  an archaic word for breath (sense 1), breath (sense 2), breath (sense 3)
10. Australian informal
the height gained when getting airborne in surfing, snowboarding, etc
11.  clear the air
12.  give someone the air
13.  in the air
14.  into thin air
15.  off the air
16.  on the air
17.  out of thin air
18.  take the air
19.  up in the air
20.  walk on air
21. (modifier) astrology
of or relating to a group of three signs of the zodiac, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius
Compare earth (sense 10), fire (sense 24), water (sense 12)
to expose or be exposed to the air so as to cool or freshen; ventilate
to air a room
to expose or be exposed to warm or heated air so as to dry
to air linen
24. (transitive)
to make known publicly; display; publicize
to air one's opinions
25. (intransitive)
(of a television or radio programme) to be broadcast
abbreviation for
All India Radio
a mountainous region of N central Niger, in the Sahara, rising to 1500 m (5000 ft): a former native kingdom. Area: about 77 700 sq km (30 000 sq miles)
. Also called: Azbine, Asben

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see synonyms of air
mountainous region of the S Sahara, in NC Niger: c. 30,000 sq mi (77,700 sq km)
the elastic, invisible mixture of gases (chiefly nitrogen and oxygen, as well as hydrogen, carbon dioxide, argon, neon, helium, etc.) that surrounds the earth; atmosphere
space above the earth; sky
a movement of air; breeze; wind
cool, refreshing air; fresh air
compressed air
an outward appearance; general impression or feeling given by something
an air of luxury fills the room
a pervading or surrounding influence or condition; general mood or social environment
controversy troubling the air at the convention; an apology designed to clear the air
a person's bearing, manner, or appearance
8.  [pl.]
affected, superior manners and graces
public expression or publicity
give air to your opinions
transportation or travel by aircraft
to go by air
the medium through which radio signals are transmitted
air conditioning
13.  Music
a song or tune
the main melody in a harmonized composition, usually the soprano or treble part
of or by aircraft, air forces, etc.
air power, air safety
verb transitive
to let air into or through; put where air can dry, cool, freshen, etc.
to make known publicly; publicize
to broadcast on radio or television
verb intransitive
to become aired, dried, cooled, etc.
to be broadcast on radio or television

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of air
a. A colorless, odorless, tasteless, gaseous mixture, mainly nitrogen (approximately 78 percent) and oxygen (approximately 21 percent) with lesser amounts of argon, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, neon, helium, and other gases.
b. This mixture with varying amounts of moisture and particulate matter, enveloping the earth; the atmosphere.
a. The sky; the firmament.
b. A giant void; nothingness: The money vanished into thin air.
3. An atmospheric movement; a breeze or wind.
4. Sports A height achieved by a jump or as part of an airborne maneuver, as in skateboarding or snowboarding: getting big air off the halfpipe; had big airs on every run down the course.
5. Aircraft: send troops to Europe by air.
a. Public utterance; vent: gave air to their grievances.
b. The medium of broadcast radio or television: "often ridiculed ... extremist groups on air" (Christian Science Monitor).
a. A manner of behaving that conveys an impression: a leader with an air of conviction.
b. A distinctive quality or appearance; an aura: The messy room had an air of desperation to it.
c. The general environment or condition, as in attitudes and ideas: growing impatience in the air.
d. airs Affected behavior; affectation: put on airs. See Synonyms at affectation.
8. Music
a. A melody or tune, especially in the soprano or tenor range.
b. A solo with or without accompaniment.
9. Air conditioning.
10. Archaic Breath.
v. aired, air·ing, airs
1. To expose to the air in order to dry, cool, or freshen; ventilate.
2. To make known to others; express publicly: aired my complaints. See Synonyms at voice.
3. To broadcast on television or radio: "The ad was submitted to CBS ... which accepted and aired it" (New York).
To be broadcast on television or radio: "tidbits that will air on tonight's 6 o'clock news" (Terry Ann Knopf).
1. Of or relating to the air or the movement of air: an air tube.
2. Existing or living in the air; aerial.
3. Powered by compressed air: an air horn.
4. Containing or inflated by air.
5. Of or relating to aircraft or aeronautics.
6. Of or relating to the broadcast or transmission of radio or television signals.
7. Imaginary or unreal: "The guy had just hit it big ... after ten years of eating air sandwiches" (Jonathan Kellerman).

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