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or air time

[air-tahym] /ˈɛərˌtaɪm/
the particular time that a program is broadcast or scheduled for broadcast:
The airtime for the newscast is 10 p.m.
the time during which a broadcast takes place:
The airtime for the new show is from 10 to 10:30 p.m.
a block of such time sold by a radio or television station to an advertiser, allotted to a political candidate, etc.:
The company bought three minutes of airtime.
Origin of airtime
First recorded in 1940-45; air1 + time Unabridged
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  • "It air time fer me to go, Tess," murmured the squatter in her ear.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • Wait a couple of seconds, so as to give the air time to get into the blood.

  • Never mind; I put in my best licks fer Him that air time, Mr. Hartsook.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
  • You gripped a-holt of the truth that air time like the American bird a-grippin' the arries on the shield.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • "It air time—to pray," said she, looking straight at him, as he slowly rose from his chair.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • "It air time fer ye to turn in," said she, banking the embers in the stove for the night.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
British Dictionary definitions for air time


the time allocated to a particular programme, item, topic, or type of material on radio or television
the time of the start of a radio or television broadcast
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Contemporary definitions for air time

the time a basketball player stays in the air while attempting a slam dunk's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for air time

air time

noun phrase

The time a basketball player remains in the air while making a slam dunk

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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