Definition of AIR
1 a archaic : breath
b : the mixture of invisible odorless tasteless gases (as nitrogen and oxygen) that surrounds the earth
c : a light breeze
2 a : empty space
b : nothingness <vanished into thin air>
c : a sudden severance of relations <she gave me the air>
3 [probably translation of Italian aria]
a : tune, melody
b Elizabethan & Jacobean music : an accompanied song or melody in usually strophic form
c : the chief voice part or melody in choral music
4 a : outward appearance of a thing <an air of luxury>
b : a surrounding or pervading influence : atmosphere <an air of mystery>
c : the look, appearance, or bearing of a person especially as expressive of some personal quality or emotion : demeanor <an air of dignity>
d : an artificial or affected manner <put on airs>
5: public utterance <he gave air to his opinion>
6 : compressed air
7 a (1) : aircraft <go by air>
(2) : aviation <air safety> <air rights> (3) : air force <air headquarters>
b (1) : the medium of transmission of radio waves; also : radio, television <went on the air> (2) : airtime
8 : a football offense utilizing primarily the forward pass <trailing by 20 points, the team took to the air>
9 : an air-conditioning system
10 : the height achieved in performing an aerial maneuver <a snowboarder catching big air>; also : the maneuver itself
— air·less adjective
— air·less·ness noun
— in the air
: in wide circulation : about
— up in the air
: not yet settled
Examples of AIR
- These laws are meant to produce cleaner air.
- A delicious smell filled the air.
- I like to dine outdoors in the open air.
- He can't breathe! Everybody move back and give him some air!
- High in the mountains the air is thin and it can be hard to breathe.
- He pumped air into the bicycle tire.
- The city is wonderful seen from the air.
- the fish of the sea and the birds of the air
- The balloon rose up into the air and then floated through the air.
- There has been heavy fighting on the ground and in the air.