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upper air

noun, Meteorology.
the atmosphere above the lower portion of the troposphere.
Compare upper atmosphere.
Origin of upper air
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • With that he locked the vault, and returned to the upper air.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • "Now you are getting into the upper air of spiritualism," exulted Fowler.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland
  • And the tree branched and blossomed in the upper air of generous feeling.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • She had lived hitherto in upper air, high above the clouds of earth.

  • She had none, save for the upper air, the eyes of the mountain.

  • We rose to the upper air, where the girls were still circling about.

    The Fire People

    Ray Cummings
  • But to return, and struggle to the upper air, that is the labour.

    Stories from Virgil Alfred J. Church
  • He thinks it came down from the upper air after him as the ship was going to pieces.

    The Flying Death Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • We of the upper air, do not live alone; we need your life, as well as you do ours.

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • He had lived like Heracles: like Heracles he must die, and mingle with the upper air. ''

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