Definition of


  1. (noun, act) travel via aircraft
    if you've time to spare go by air
  2. (noun, attribute) a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
    the house had a neglected air
    an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters
    the place had an aura of romance
  3. (noun, communication) medium for radio and television broadcasting
    the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people
  4. (noun, communication) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
  5. (noun, location) the mass of air surrounding the Earth
    it was exposed to the air
  6. (noun, location) the region above the ground
    he threw the ball into the air
  7. (noun, phenomenon) a slight wind (usually refreshing)
    as he waited he could feel the air on his neck
  8. (noun, substance) a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of
    a smell of chemicals in the air
    open a window and let in some air
    I need some fresh air
  9. (noun, substance) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
  10. (verb, change) expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
    air out the smoke-filled rooms
  11. (verb, change) expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
  12. (verb, communication) make public
  13. (verb, communication) broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
  14. (verb, communication) be broadcast
  15. (verb, perception) expose to fresh air

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Air

  1. c.1300, "invisible gases that make up the atmosphere," from O.Fr. air, from L. ?rem (nom. ?r), from Gk. aer (gen. ?ros) "air" (related to aenai "to blow, breathe"), of unknown origin, possibly from a base *awer- and thus related to aeirein "to raise" and arteria "windpipe, artery" (see aorta), on notion of "lifting,… more
  2. "assumed manner, affected appearance," 1650s (especially in phrase put on airs, 1781), perhaps via Fr. air "look, appearance, mien, bearing, tone" (O.Fr. aire "reality, essence, nature, descent, extraction" 12c.; cf. debonair), from L. ager "place, field" (see acre) on notion of "place of origin." Air in the sense of "manner, appearance" (e.g.… more
  3. "melody, tune," 1580s, from It. aria (see aria). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Air

aar, aare, aerie, aery, ahura, aire, airway, airy, ar, ara, are, area, areaway, arere, aria, array, arrow, arroyo, arui, aruru, aura, aurora, aware, aweary, awry, ayr

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