air
noun.
a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of
air pollution|a smell of chemicals in the air|open a window and let in some air|I need some fresh air
noun.
the region above the ground
her hand stopped in mid air|he threw the ball into the air
noun.
a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
an air of mystery|the house had a neglected air|an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters|the place had an aura of romance
Synonym: atmosphere, aura
noun.
a slight wind (usually refreshing)
the breeze was cooled by the lake|as he waited he could feel the air on his neck
noun.
the mass of air surrounding the Earth
there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere|it was exposed to the air
Synonym: atmosphere
noun.
once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
noun.
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
she was humming an air from Beethoven
noun.
medium for radio and television broadcasting
the program was on the air from 9 til midnight|the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people
Synonym: airwave
noun.
travel via aircraft
air travel involves too much waiting in airports|if you've time to spare go by air
verb.
expose to fresh air
aerate your old sneakers
Synonym: aerate, air out
verb.
be broadcast
This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.
verb.
broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
We cannot air this X-rated song
verb.
make public
She aired her opinions on welfare
verb.
expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
Air linen
verb.
expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
air the old winter clothes|air out the smoke-filled rooms