A shot which misses the basket and backboard entirely.
- He hustled to the last, though, and shot an air ball, missing basket, board and all, as the horn sounded.
- When she didn't take a shot until five minutes into the game and later shot an air ball, no one faulted her.
- Sloppy would be the most accurate word to describe the mess of air balls, blown layups and turnovers.
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