off-air

[ awf-air, of- ]
/ ˈɔfˈɛər, ˈɒf- /

adjective

not broadcast, but said, played, or happening in a radio or television studio context.

Definition for off air (2 of 2)

Origin of air

1
1150–1200; Middle English eir < Old French air < Latin āēr- (accusative āerem) < Greek āer- (stem of āḗr) the lower atmosphere; conflated with (especially for defs 4, 5) French air, Old French aire nature, character < Latin ager field (cf. acre) and ārea threshing floor, clearing, area; and with (for def 7) French air < Italian aria aria

SYNONYMS FOR air

2 See wind1.
5, 6 impression, aspect.
6 aura, demeanor, attitude. See manner1.

Related forms

air·like, adjectiveun·aired, adjectivewell-aired, adjective

Can be confused

air e'er ere err heirer err
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British Dictionary definitions for off air (1 of 4)

AIR

abbreviation for

All India Radio

British Dictionary definitions for off air (2 of 4)

off-air

adjective, adverb

obtained by reception of a radiated broadcasting signal rather than by line feedan off-air recording
connected with a radio or television programme but not broadcastan off-air phone-in

British Dictionary definitions for off air (3 of 4)

air

/ (ɛə) /

noun


verb

See also airs

Word Origin for air

C13: via Old French and Latin from Greek aēr the lower atmosphere

British Dictionary definitions for off air (4 of 4)

Aïr

/ (ˈɑːɪə) /

noun

a mountainous region of N central Niger, in the Sahara, rising to 1500 m (5000 ft): a former native kingdom. Area: about 77 700 sq km (30 000 sq miles)Also called: Azbine, Asben

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Medicine definitions for off air

air

[ âr ]

n.

A colorless, odorless, tasteless, gaseous mixture, approximately 78 percent nitrogen and approximately 21 percent oxygen with lesser amounts of argon, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, neon, helium, and other gases.
This mixture, with varying amounts of moisture and particulate matter, enveloping Earth; the atmosphere.
Any of various respiratory gases. No longer in technical use.

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Science definitions for off air

air

[ âr ]

The colorless, odorless, tasteless mixture of gases that surrounds the Earth. Air consists of about 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen, with the remaining part made up mainly of argon, carbon dioxide, neon, helium, methane, and krypton in decreasing order of volume. Air also contains varying amounts of water vapor, particulate matter such as dust and soot, and chemical pollutants.

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Idioms and Phrases with off air

air

In addition to the idiom beginning with air

  • air one's grievances

also see:

  • 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

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