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[air-lis] /ˈɛər lɪs/
lacking air.
that is without fresh air; stuffy:
a dark, airless hallway.
that is without a breeze; still:
an airless July day.
Origin of airless
First recorded in 1595-1605; air1 + -less
Related forms
airlessness, noun Unabridged
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  • I hear the hungry oaths of men; and love kisses in the airless night.

  • You cannot see stars in the daytime on earth, yet you could see them in the daytime on the airless moon.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • The main floor, big as an armory, airless as a tomb, swarmed with dancers.

  • It was comfortable, airless, flowerless, with gravy-coloured walls.

    The Lowest Rung

    Mary Cholmondeley
  • The station was open and airless as Harvest Moon had been before the humans got there.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • Scotch heather does not grow here in this airless sort of place.

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • The doors of the narrow, airless prison of her love were open to receive him.

    Moth and Rust Mary Cholmondeley
  • But the silence of the airless night was deep and large all about him.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • Gedalyeh Mindel flung open the door of a dingy, airless flat.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
British Dictionary definitions for airless


lacking fresh air; stuffy or sultry
devoid of air
Derived Forms
airlessness, noun
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