- (during an airborne stunt) the height between the ground and an athlete or an athlete with his or her equipment: The BMX course was designed for riders to get good air.
- such a jump or other airborne stunt: The snowboarder took first place with four clean airs.
Idioms about air
- to take a break from an unpleasant encounter or stifling environment: She walked away from the argument to get some air.
- to take a short rest.
- to be rejected, as by a lover.
- to be dismissed, as by an employer: He had worked only a few days when he got the air.
- to reject, as a lover: He was bitter because she gave him the air.
- to dismiss, as an employee.
- not broadcasting: The station goes off the air at midnight.
- not broadcast; out of operation as a broadcast: The program went off the air years ago.
- to go out-of-doors; take a short walk or ride.
- Slang. to leave, especially hurriedly.
- to begin broadcasting.
- Also in the air . undecided or unsettled: The contract is still up in the air.
- Informal. angry; perturbed: There is no need to get up in the air over a simple mistake.
Origin of air1
OTHER WORDS FROM airairlike, adjectiveun·aired, adjectivewell-aired, adjective
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MORE ABOUT AIR
What is a basic definition of air?
Air is the invisible mixture of gases that makes up the Earth’s atmosphere. This is what we mean when we talk about the air that we breathe. The word air is also used to refer to the appearance of something, as in an air of mystery. Air is used as a verb meaning to expose something to air, the public, or on a broadcast. The word air has many other senses, both as a noun and a verb.
Speaking scientifically, the word air refers to an invisible mixture of gases, including oxygen, nitrogen, and small amounts of many other gases. You are breathing air into your lungs right now as you read these words.
- Real-life example: We are all surrounded by air. It is what makes up Earth’s atmosphere. The word air is also used generally to refer to any of the gases that can be found floating around us. For example, a balloon filled with air is most likely full of the carbon dioxide gas released from a person’s lungs.
- Used in a sentence: Swimmers returned to the surface so she could get a breath of air.
The terms air or the air is used generally to refer to the sky or open space outside.
- Real-life example: Airplanes and helicopters are designed to fly in the air, meaning the empty space over the ground. Birds, bats, and insects also travel through this empty space.
- Used in a sentence: The boy threw the ball into the air.
Air is also used to describe a style or appearance that something or someone has. The plural airs is used when someone acts as though they are better than other people, often in the phrase put on airs.
- Used in a sentence: The quiet man had an air of mystery about him.
As a verb, air is used to variously mean exposing something to air, exposing something to the public as a whole, or to broadcast something, such as on TV, radio, or a webcast.
- Real-life example: People will sometimes air a room by opening windows or air out laundry so the wind will blow smells off it. Gossip magazines and websites often air celebrity secrets or rumors. Television and radio stations air (broadcast) programs every day.
- Used in a sentence: The angry citizens aired their complaints to the nervous mayor.
Where does air come from?
The first records of the word air come from the later 1100s. It ultimately comes from the Greek word aēr, meaning “the lower atmosphere.” Generally speaking, the lower part of the atmosphere is the part that we live in and contains the gaseous mixture of air that we breathe and feel as wind.
Based on its pronunciation, it’s possible for the word air to be confused with several similarly sounding words. The word heir refers to a person who will inherit property from someone else. The word err means to make a mistake or to be wrong. The word e’er is a contraction of ever. The word ere means before.
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What are some other forms related to air?
- airlike (adjective)
- unaired (adjective)
- well-aired (adjective)
What are some synonyms for air?
What are some words that share a root or word element with air?
What are some words that often get used in discussing air?
What are some words air may be commonly confused with in speech?
How is air used in real life?
Air is a common word with many different meanings. It’s most commonly used as a general way to refer to the mixture of oxygen and other gases that we breathe.
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— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) November 30, 2020
The cats have an almost palpable air of relief when I go to my room at night. "Oh good the human will sleep," they seem to say.
— Seanan McGuire (@seananmcguire) November 8, 2020
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Air consists of an invisible mixture of liquids that mostly contains nitrogen and oxygen.
How to use air in a sentence
The air quality in Portland has become the worst in the world — with Seattle, Los Angeles and Denver also ranking up there with notoriously polluted places like Delhi and Shanghai.Air quality in American West among the worst in the world|Jennifer A. Kingson|September 17, 2020|Axios
She noted that with the ongoing wildfires, there are certain communities who can’t shelter in place or evacuate their neighborhoods to escape the polluted air.Why fighting climate change is key to America’s health|Erika Fry|September 16, 2020|Fortune
The campaign said the ads will air in local markets in key states with early voting, including North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona and Pennsylvania.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
The original ad starring Boyega, 28, aired last year and was called “The London Gent.”John Boyega steps down from Jo Malone perfume ambassador role after being replaced in Chinese ad|radmarya|September 15, 2020|Fortune
I watched as towering plumes of smoke billowed from distant hills in all directions and air tankers crisscrossed the skies.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration|by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
And Air Force assessors are the first to say such imaging never tells the whole story.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sprawled on chaise lounges with their knees high in the air and their legs spread wide.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, Lion Air, with 45 percent of the domestic Indonesian airline market, has swallowed the Fernandes formula whole.
There is a larger reason, beyond the airlines themselves, why Lion Air and 61 other Indonesian airlines are on this black list.
The Pentagon said Faal served in the Air Force for seven years, during which time he became a U.S. citizen.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Bells were pealing and tolling in all directions, and the air was filled with the sound of distant shouts and cries.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
It is to be remembered, however, that a few of these bacteria may reach the sputum from the upper air-passages.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
We had now approached closely to the foot of the mountain-ranges, and their lofty summits were high above us in mid-air.
He stood, with the air of a hero, both arms extended towards the amazed pair of lovers.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Their method of curing the leaves was to air-dry them and then packing them until wanted for use.
British Dictionary definitions for air (1 of 3)
- a simple tune for either vocal or instrumental performance
- another word for aria
- in circulation; current
- in the process of being decided; unsettled
- informal agitated or excited
Word Origin for air
British Dictionary definitions for air (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for air (3 of 3)
Scientific definitions for air
Other Idioms and Phrases with air
In addition to the idiom beginning with air
- air one's grievances
- breath of fresh air
- castles in the air
- clear the air
- give someone the air
- hot air
- in the air
- into (out of) thin air
- nose in the air
- off the air
- put on airs
- up in the air
- walk on air
- wash (air) one's dirty linen