any point in the air not contiguous with the earth or other solid surface: to catch a ball in midair.

Origin of midair

First recorded in 1660–70; mid- + air1
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Historical Examples of midair

  • In midair she struggled madly to get into some acceptable position.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • But as it went Mayo clutched a davit pulley and swung in midair.

  • The cushion turned in midair into a puff of bright white fire.

    The Winds of Time

    James H. Schmitz

  • He moved to go to her, and found himself floating in midair.

    The Aliens

    Murray Leinster

  • Tossing his rifle in midair, he said, "I give up, gentlemen."

    The Hindered Hand

    Sutton E. Griggs

British Dictionary definitions for midair



  1. some point above ground level, in the air
  2. (as modifier)a midair collision of aircraft
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Idioms and Phrases with midair


see under leave hanging.

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