- a tune; melody.
- the soprano or treble part.
- an aria.
- Also ayre . an Elizabethan art song.
- (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.
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Idioms for 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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Example sentences from the Web for air
Prior to the premiere of “Carry On,” the CW aired an hour-long documentary commemorating Supernatural’s 15 seasons and giving members of the large ensemble cast a chance to bid the show farewell.Supernatural’s bonkers series finale marked the end of an era of fandom|Aja Romano|November 20, 2020|Vox
Unless you’re buying a tree that will suck carbon from the air, most products require land, water and fossil fuels to produce and use.Trying to shop sustainably? Here’s what you need to consider.|Sarah Kaplan|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Entranced, Weller swan-dove headlong into the heart of Ferry’s unwritten sophisti-pop syllabus with airs that were tonier, goofier and made for extraordinarily easier listening than anything the Jam would’ve deigned to do.Almost anarchy: The Style Council and the smooth sounds of sophisti-pop|Mina Tavakoli|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The creativity needed to even pull off a weekend of games now has an air of desperation.College football has been battered by covid. What’s most startling is our acceptance.|Barry Svrluga|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Sunshine returns as drier air moves in during the afternoon.D.C.-area forecast: Mainly clear skies plus warmer temperatures today and tomorrow|A. Camden Walker|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
“In America 100 percent of men have free sexual relations after marriage,” he said in another speech, which was aired on TV.50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West|IranWire, Shima Sharabi|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Newsroom aired its final episode on Sunday, already an eternity ago in news-cycle terms.A Few Great Men Too Many: Aaron Sorkin Doesn’t Think You Can Handle the Truth|Arthur Chu|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The episode that aired before it, which involved a campus rape victim, was highly controversial.
And the string of episodes that aired before that were gripping, noble, and simply entertaining to watch.
And just last May Glee aired “Old Dog, New Trick,” the first episode scripted by Colfer.Chris Colfer on Writing, Acting, and the Pain of Being A Pop Culture Trailblazer|Oliver Jones|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He is thoughtful, but there is much sly humour in him; he is cautious but free when aired a little.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
The two men aired their grievances in a long and acrimonious controversy carried on in the columns of the Virginia Gazette.
These she aired by the fire, and laid them over the mattress when they were quite warm.Sue, A Little Heroine|L. T. Meade
If you have a movable tub see that it is aired each morning after using.The Complete Bachelor|Walter Germain
He placed a chair for her and she thoroughly aired her grievance.Dorothy's Travels|Evelyn Raymond
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
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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