Origin of airing
- (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)
Origin of air1
Synonyms for air
Related Words for airingopen, circulate, disclose, reveal, communicate, publish, declare, broadcast, tell, put, publicize, speak, display, ventilate, aerate, eject, expel, oxygenate, expose, purify
Examples from the Web for airing
Contemporary Examples of airing
I followed her on Twitter, like the rest of the world, and Eastbound & Down was airing at the time.Inside the Mind of The Mindy Project’s Resident Weirdo, Ike Barinholtz
September 16, 2014
Festivus came early this year folks, because it's time for the airing of the grievances.The Enraging Emmy Nominations: 20 Snubs and Surprises
July 10, 2014
Hannibal Would Hannibal be a bigger hit if it was airing on a cable network?These 5 ‘On the Bubble’ TV Shows Shouldn’t Be Canceled
April 9, 2014
Without Elliott on the set this morning, GMA did get around to airing a goodbye compilation video.The Morning Show ‘Hunger Games’
April 3, 2014
If it feels like How I Met Your Mother has been airing for decades, that's because it has.The Bloated ‘HIMYM’ Finale Ends Exactly Where We Knew It Would
April 1, 2014
Historical Examples of airing
There was a nice fire burning in the room, and my night-apparel was airing before it.Wilfrid Cumbermede
He waved his arms, airing his grievance with which for an hour past he had regaled me.
She made the bed which she had been airing, she arranged the linen on the shelves of the press.Doctor Pascal
It was while Jones was airing these platitudes that Paliser entered the room.
In the club window, on the following afternoon, Jones was airing copy.
- exposure to air or warmth, as for drying or ventilation
- (as modifier)airing cupboard
- a simple tune for either vocal or instrumental performance
- another word for aria
- in circulation; current
- in the process of being decided; unsettled
- informalagitated or excited
Word Origin for air
"action of exposing to air," c.1600, from present participle of air (v.). Meaning "display, public exposure is from 1870.
c.1300, "invisible gases that make up the atmosphere," from Old French air "atmosphere, breeze, weather" (12c.), from Latin aerem (nominative aer) "air, lower atmosphere, sky," from Greek aer (genitive aeros) "air" (related to aenai "to blow, breathe"), of unknown origin, possibly from a base *awer- and thus related to aeirein "to raise" and arteria "windpipe, artery" (see aorta) on notion of "lifting, that which rises." In Homer mostly "thick air, mist;" later "air" as one of the four elements.
Words for "air" in Indo-European languages tend to be associated with wind, brightness, sky. In English, air Replaced native lyft, luft (see loft (n.)). To be in the air "in general awareness" is from 1875; up in the air "uncertain, doubtful" is from 1752. To build castles in the air is from 1590s (in 17c. English had airmonger "one preoccupied with visionary projects"). Broadcasting sense (e.g. on the air) first recorded 1927. To give (someone) the air "dismiss" is from 1900. Air pollution is attested by 1870.
1590s, "manner, appearance" (e.g. an air of mystery); 1650s, "assumed manner, affected appearance" (especially in phrase put on airs, 1781), from French air "look, appearance, mien, bearing, tone" (Old French aire "reality, essence, nature, descent, extraction," 12c.; cf. debonair), from Latin ager "place, field" (see acre) on notion of "place of origin."
But some French sources connect this Old French word with the source of air (n.1), and it also is possible these senses in English developed from or were influenced by air (n.1); cf. sense development of atmosphere and Latin spiritus "breath, breeze," also "high spirit, pride," and the extended senses of anima.
"melody, tune," 1580s, from Italian aria (see aria).
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