- of, in, or produced by the air: aerial currents.
- inhabiting or frequenting the air: aerial creatures.
- operating on a track or cable elevated above the ground: an aerial ski lift up the mountainside.
- reaching far into the air; high; lofty: aerial spires.
- partaking of the nature of air; airy.
- unsubstantial; visionary: aerial fancies.
- having a light and graceful beauty; ethereal: aerial music.
- Biology. growing in the air, as the adventitious roots of some trees.
- pertaining to or used for, against, or in aircraft.
- supplied or performed by means of aircraft: aerial support; aerial reconnaissance.
- a radio or television antenna.
- Football. forward pass.
Origin of aerial
Examples from the Web for aerial
What the people of Mosul now fear most is aerial bombardment of their own city.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?
December 27, 2014
An aerial image shows what appears to be a spa, roiling water apparently carrying no nasty connotations.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
The crime-fighting penguins, says the trailer, are “masters of the skies, espionage, and aerial assault.”Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life
November 26, 2014
And even that aerial effort is being shortchanged, military insiders tell The Daily Beast.Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War
November 18, 2014
This one, for instance, opens with aerial video of Kobani shot from an “Islamic State drone.”An ISIS Hostage on the Dark Side
October 27, 2014
This is another of the peculiarities of aerial construction and navigation.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Lovers of aerial navigation have otherwise not much left to wish for.In the Heart of Vosges
An aerial lattice spread about a portion of a six-mile hemisphere.Invasion
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The "grid" is connected to the aerial wire to intercept the radio waves.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
"Now let us see the aerial," he said, and led the way outside.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
- of, relating to, or resembling air
- existing, occurring, moving, or operating in the airaerial cable car; aerial roots of a plant
- ethereal; light and delicate
- imaginary; visionary
- extending high into the air; lofty
- of or relating to aircraftaerial combat
- Also called: antenna the part of a radio or television system having any of various shapes, such as a dipole, Yagi, long-wire, or vertical aerial, by means of which radio waves are transmitted or received
Word Origin and History for aerial
1902 (short for aerial antenna, etc.); see aerial (adj.).