Definition of airing in English:


Syllabification: air·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈe(ə)riNG


[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.
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    • 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.

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