- 1 [mass noun] The invisible gaseous substance surrounding the earth, a mixture mainly of oxygen and nitrogen.More example sentences
- The surface tension of water is increased, and even the density of air surrounding the Earth ebbs and flows like the tides in the sea.
- Whatever he became in that no-man's land he was a ghost, invisible as air.
- Hence, toxic substances in air can easily reach the lung and produce harmful effects locally and in other organs.
- 1.1Air regarded as necessary for breathing: the air was stale the doctor told me to get some fresh airMore example sentences
- As I rested day after day in the sun, breathing the fresh air, God slowly turned my life around.
- Why do we have to leave our cities and towns to breathe fresh air?
- After being locked down for so long it will be exhilarating to exit my cell and to breathe the fresh desert air.
- 1.2The free or unconfined space above the surface of the earth: he celebrated by tossing his hat high in the airMore example sentences
- People have invaded the earth and the air; even the surface of the water is sliced through with boats.
- It would fly up in the air and you had to hit it again as far as you could.
- Ultimately, one of the dog's hind legs shoots up in the air, as its head goes down.
- 1.3 [usually as modifier] Referring to the use of aircraft: air travel all goods must come in by airMore example sentences
- At the time no one realized that this was the aircraft which would win the air war over the Pacific.
- It has since been implemented at all the air logistics centers, albeit in a limited capacity.
- As we were taxiing out to the strip I saw some air activity east of the field.
- 1.4The earth’s atmosphere as a medium for transmitting radio waves: radio stations have successfully sold products over the airMore example sentences
- In theory the network can send its logo over the air - as with a Nokia phone - in practice they won't.
- But they're sending your confidential data over the air through a broadcast system.
- The idea that comes to my mind is to do a TV show, but to do it strictly online rather than over the air.
- 1.5One of the four elements in ancient and medieval philosophy and in astrology (considered essential to the nature of the signs of Gemini, Aquarius, and Libra): [as modifier]: an air signMore example sentences
- As an air sign, Aquarius relates to places that are high off the ground or above the general eye line.
- As an air sign, Libra likes to keep things light, bright and positive.
- So if the chart is cast for noon then Saturn acts as the triplicity ruler of all the air signs; at midnight Mercury would be used instead.
- 1.6 [count noun] A breeze or light wind.More example sentences
breeze, draught, wind; breath of air, gust of air, flurry of air, waft of air, puff of wind, whiff of air, blast of air
- From the mobile start line north of Rough Holme, Naiad got away well in the light south-westerly airs and reached the windward mark at Claife with a narrow lead.
- Light winds make finding carp that much harder, so let's just take a look at a few ways of hopefully getting on fish when light airs are the order of the day.
- All of the heroes that is, except for the heroes of the airs… of the winds.
- 2An impression of a quality or manner given by someone or something: she answered with a faint air of boredom he leaned over with a confidential airMore example sentences
- The painting lent an air of quality to the other items on the mantel, all inexpensive purchases.
- His malapropisms and good old boy manner give him the air of a simpleton, and yet he's not.
- He is about 41, with iron grey hair, round glasses, and a faint air of irony.
- 2.1 (airs) An annoyingly affected and condescending manner: he began to put on airs and think he could boss us aroundMore example sentences
- In other words, they - most of the people that are very successful in life - put on airs.
- Alice's sharp wit and blunt pronouncements could be intimidating, but if you didn't put on airs and weren't a fool, she was fiercely loyal and endlessly forgiving.
- But then again, he had never been one to put on airs.
- 3 Music A tune or short melodious song: traditional Scottish airs sung in the Gaelic tongueMore example sentences
- In the 17th century popular ballads were sung to the traditional airs; these were published in great numbers during the 18th century.
- The talented Dordan group has won widespread acclaim for their unique sound - a blend of lively traditional jigs and reels, haunting slow airs, traditional songs along with mazurkas, sonatinas and waltzes.
- Expect to hear a varied repertoire of original tunes and airs along with a choice of songs by Irish singer-songwriters and composers arranged by this dynamic duo.
- 4A jump off the ground on a snowboard or skateboard.More example sentences
- I love to watch Richie ride; he's my fave, some style and clean airs.
- Brian Patch did body jars, backside airs, transfer lines and skated fast to 3rd place.
- I just learned backside airs, and I was trying to tweak them out.
verb[with object] Back to top
- 1Express (an opinion or grievance) publicly: a meeting in which long-standing grievances were airedMore example sentences
express, voice, make public, vent, ventilate, articulate, state, declare, give expression to, give voice to; make known, publicize, publish, disseminate, circulate, communicate, spread, promulgate, broadcast; reveal, announce, proclaim, divulge, submit, raise, moot, propose; discuss, debate; have one's say
- There are those in this area who hate him, but are afraid to air their grievances publicly.
- It is a new show that will give members of the public the chance to air their opinions on a range of hot topics.
- We could set up a public forum to discuss these issues and allow grievances to be aired.
- 1.1Broadcast (a programme) on radio or television: the programmes were aired on India’s state TV networkMore example sentences
- Every day, Dominica's Broadcasting Corporation airs a radio programme exclusively about bananas, drawing an avid audience from all over this tiny Caribbean island.
- Last week the BBC aired a television programme that contained evidence of a problem with drink and drug misuse among doctors in the United Kingdom.
- The television station kept airing exit polls, claiming that the party had scored a landslide victory in both the parliamentary and local elections.
- 1.2 • archaic Parade or show (something) ostentatiously: he took the opportunity of airing his knowledge of antiquityMore example sentences
- The extremely practical and funky knee length side zips with popper storm flaps allow ankles to be aired and calves exposed.
- 2British Expose (a room) to the open air in order to ventilate it: the window sashes were lifted regularly to air the roomMore example sentences
- It took me all of last night just to do my bedroom, and because I had to air the room after vacuuming, I had to sleep downstairs on the hard floor.
- And these particular rooms were aired only for a barbarian envoy or a member of the merchant class.
- All windows are open to air the rooms and with only shutters to keep out little intruders the level of noise is unbearable.
- 2.1Warm (washed laundry) to remove dampness: I was airing the sheetsMore example sentences
- Well, by now, hopefully the flags have been aired and the jerseys washed.
- A new regulation to be adopted soon bans locals from airing their laundry in some downtown streets.
- I asked my mother one day, airing out the sheets.
airs and graces
- British • derogatory An affectation of superiority: young master Tristan, with his fancy education and his airs and gracesMore example sentences
affectations, pretension, pretentiousness, affectedness, posing, posturing, pretence; self-importance, superiority, condescension, ostentation, snobbery, superciliousness, pomposity, arrogance, haughtiness, hauteur, pride, conceit, airs and graces
- You've taken on a few airs and graces lately, haven't you Tim?
- He was at Man United but there's no airs and graces about Teddy.
- Despite being raised the daughter of a brigadier, and despite stints at both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, there are no airs and graces to Juliet Stevenson.
in the air
- Felt by a number of people to be happening or about to happen: panic was in the air you can tell there’s an election in the airMore example sentences
- Panic and terror could be smelt in the air and that sensation of worry clenched at his gut.
- It is still not quite the real thing but it is getting closer, you can smell it in the air.
- It is a bit more honest, I suppose, but means that there is no real magic in the air.
on (or off) the air
- Being (or not being) broadcast on radio or television: the wacky series has been on the air for ten yearsMore example sentences
- RTE television was off the air completely during the day - not even a testcard was broadcast - just static.
- Broadcast of the series was held up by a strike that took ITV off the air for over two months.
- Ever wonder where those morning radio shows get all that wacky news they read on the air?
up in the air
- (Of a plan or issue) still to be settled; unresolved: the fate of the power station is up in the airMore example sentences
- What happens beyond that or where it will take place is as up in the air as his plans in high school.
- It's still up in the air because the file folders in which we found them had no labels.
- As the company has just recently changed hands and still seems to be up in the air, I don't know who to contact about it.
walk (or tread) on air
- Feel elated: most couples feel they are walking on air on their wedding dayMore example sentences
- Sara smiled back and walked on air as she left the room.
- Showing off their repertoire of skills in Roundhay Park, the unassuming brothers admitted they were walking on air.
- Kacey said: ‘I'm walking on air, I was so chuffed to receive the invitation and the kind words.’
Middle English (in sense 1 of the noun): from Old French air, from Latin aer, from Greek aēr, denoting the gas. sense 2 of the noun is from French air, probably from Old French aire 'site, disposition', from Latin ager, agr- 'field' (influenced by sense 1). sense 3 of the noun comes from Italian aria (see aria).