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 air air

noun

  • () a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of  ( air )
    a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of
     air pollution
    air pollution
     a smell of chemicals in the air
    a smell of chemicals in the air
     open a window and let in some air
    open a window and let in some air
     I need some fresh air
    I need some fresh air
  • () the region above the ground  ( air )
    the region above the ground
     her hand stopped in mid air
    her hand stopped in mid air
     he threw the ball into the air
    he threw the ball into the air
  • () a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing  ( atmosphere, aura, air )
    a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
     an air of mystery
    an air of mystery
     the house had a neglected air
    the house had a neglected air
     an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters
    an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters
     the place had an aura of romance
    the place had an aura of romance
  • () a slight wind (usually refreshing)  ( gentle wind, zephyr, air, breeze )
    a slight wind (usually refreshing)
     the breeze was cooled by the lake
    the breeze was cooled by the lake
     as he waited he could feel the air on his neck
    as he waited he could feel the air on his neck
  • () the mass of air surrounding the Earth  ( air, atmosphere )
    the mass of air surrounding the Earth
     there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere
    there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere
     it was exposed to the air
    it was exposed to the air
  • travel via aircraft  ( air, air travel, aviation )
    travel via aircraft
     air travel involves too much waiting in airports
    air travel involves too much waiting in airports
     if you've time to spare go by air
    if you've time to spare go by air
  • medium for radio and television broadcasting  ( air, airwave )
    medium for radio and television broadcasting
     the program was on the air from 9 til midnight
    the program was on the air from 9 til midnight
     the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people
    the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people
  • a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence  ( air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, strain, melody, tune )
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
     she was humming an air from Beethoven
    she was humming an air from Beethoven
  • once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)  ( air )
    once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
  • verb

  • () expose to fresh air  ( aerate, air out, air )
    expose to fresh air
     aerate your old sneakers
    aerate your old sneakers
  • expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen  ( air, air out, vent, ventilate )
    expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
     air the old winter clothes
    air the old winter clothes
     air out the smoke-filled rooms
    air out the smoke-filled rooms
  • expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry  ( air )
    expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
     Air linen
    Air linen
  • make public  ( air, bare, publicise, publicize )
    make public
     She aired her opinions on welfare
    She aired her opinions on welfare
  • broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television  ( air, beam, broadcast, send, transmit )
    broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
     We cannot air this X-rated song
    We cannot air this X-rated song
  • be broadcast  ( air )
    be broadcast
     This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.
    This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.