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[mid-air] /mɪdˈɛər/
any point in the air not contiguous with the earth or other solid surface:
to catch a ball in midair.
Origin of midair
First recorded in 1660-70; mid- + air1 Unabridged
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  • Only he hadn't been holding the axe; it had been hanging in mid-air without support.

    Stopover William Gerken
  • And our archenemy dangling by the foot in mid-air, completely at our mercy!

    David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd
  • The drock twisted in mid-air and landed to one side of the hunter.

    Star Performer Robert J. Shea
  • In mid-air it seemed to writhe and try to change the direction of its leap.

  • Down into the hollow went Chub, then up and out, the one-cylinder's wheels spinning in mid-air.

    Motor Matt's Race Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for mid-air


  1. some point above ground level, in the air
  2. (as modifier): a midair collision of aircraft
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Word Origin and History for mid-air

also midair, 1660s, from mid + air (n.1). Lit. "the part of the air between the clouds and the air near the ground."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with mid-air


see under leave hanging
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