- (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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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
Related formsair·like, adjectiveun·aired, adjectivewell-aired, adjective
Examples from the Web for aired
“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.
Rice had received this video in discovery during his criminal case, but it had not been aired publicly, as had the first video.
She and her young husband are busy hoisting the nets high up on a bamboo pole to have them aired and dried in the sun.Sidelights on Chinese Life|J. Macgowan
Not altogether secretly, either, for he once aired his suspicions for Joes benefit.Full-Back Foster|Ralph Henry Barbour
He aired it by the fire, and remarked that it had turned very cold.Put Yourself in His Place|Charles Reade
The clothes, only that morning taken out of pickle to be aired by the good wife, were pestilential.The Cathedral|Joris-Karl Huysmans
Flour, whether old or 20 new, should always be sunned and aired before being used.Housekeeping in Old Virginia|Marion Cabell Tyree
British Dictionary definitions for aired (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for aired (2 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 aired (3 of 3)
Medicine definitions for aired
Science definitions for aired
Idioms and Phrases with aired
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