Definition of airing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeriNG/


[in singular]
1An exposure to warm or fresh air, for the purpose of ventilating or removing dampness from something: somebody had given the place a thorough airing
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  • Apparently, the covenants of our homeowners association forbid the airing of laundry outside.
  • Vacuum curtains once in a while and give the sheets an airing as often as you can.
  • When the sun shone we liked to give our blankets a good airing.
1.1A walk or outing to take air or exercise: taking the baby out for an airing
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  • Expecting Herbert all the time, I dared not go out, except when I took Provis for an airing after dark.
  • Miss Amy is gone for an airing.
  • On Friday, the nursemaid of the family of Mr. George Thomas, who resides near St. Woolos, was taking one of the children for an airing in one of those blessed perambulators.
2A public expression of an opinion or subject: these are ideas I feel might be worth an airing
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  • There's strength in the diversity of warning systems, if only because it allows the airing of dissenting opinions on whether a particular threat is serious.
  • Though all the cheering may have muffled a public airing of hard questions, insiders knew them all too well: Can golf really work in the inner city?
  • Thanks to a variety of industry sources, we can give several of these projects a public airing for the first time.
2.1A transmission of a television or radio program.
Example sentences
  • The song, printed below, which had its first airing on BBC Radio Swindon, is a blend of guitar and keyboard work with some uplifting words of encouragement for the boys.
  • Even the smallest of the ITV stations at times tried hard to get an airing for some of the special programmes that they had made.
  • The mid-60s saw a change in the broadcast pattern, with airings now at 10.30 am, 1.30 pm or sometimes both.

Words that rhyme with airing

ballbearing, bearing, Behring, Bering, caring, daring, fairing, file-sharing, hardwearing, pairing, paring, raring, sparing, Waring, wearing

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Syllabification: air·ing

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