Definition of airtime in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛːtʌɪm/


[mass noun]
1Time during which a broadcast is being transmitted: advertising takes up half the airtime on that radio station
More example sentences
  • The broadcast networks devoted less airtime to the event than ever before.
  • It will cover a large range of popular music genres and artists giving a national platform to the more obscure and less commercial tracks that rarely receive airtime on radio.
  • The law requires that television stations provide free airtime to candidates, and ratings for these advertisement blocks rival the World Cup.
1.1The time during which a mobile phone is in use.
Example sentences
  • Although we had enough airtime on our mobile phones, it was impossible to call for a rescue bus because the area had no mobile phone network.
  • It would also be in dire trouble if regulators relaxed constraints on the mobile market about supplying airtime to competitors.
  • Then came the phone card; prepaid airtime, to be used as needed.
2The time a pilot or aircraft spends in flight: the operation has seen already 15 sorties flown and more than 150 hours of airtime logged
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  • Because of the ease of transportation of paragliding, far more paragliding pilots go abroad, they make those trips more often, and hence more airtime flown abroad.
  • Phillips doubled his airtime and flew some demo wings.
  • New to the job, Schwartz has been logging hours of airtime traveling to the firm's 127 retail stores throughout the country.
2.1(In snowboarding, skiing, etc.) the time a person spends in the air during a jump: a thirty-foot jump gave competitors plenty of airtime
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  • With this line of futuristic ski gear you can take the guessing out of things such as jump airtime, speed, and vertical distance traveled on the slopes.
  • Riders negotiate several jumps designed to elicit enough airtime to perform an arsenal of tricks.
  • After the extensive airtime of the first 2 jumps, the riders will face a step-up jump into the first berm.

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