Things that are aerial are happening in the air: birds, planes, and missiles are all aerial things.

When talking about things that are literally up in the air, you can use the word aerial. If a country sends planes to bomb another country, that's an aerial attack. In football, the passing game is called the aerial game. Anything light and airy can also be called aerial, and an aerial is a device that picks up radio or TV signals: it plucks them out of the air. So when you see the word aerial, just think "air."

Definitions of aerial
  1. adjective
    existing or living or growing or operating in the air
    aerial roots of a philodendron”
    aerial particles”
    “small aerial creatures such as butterflies”
    aerial warfare”
    aerial photography”
    aerial cable cars”
    able to fly through the air (as a bird)
  2. adjective
    characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air
    aerial fancies”
    synonyms: aeriform, aery, airy, ethereal
    insubstantial, unreal, unsubstantial
    lacking material form or substance; unreal
  3. noun
    an electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals
    synonyms: antenna, transmitting aerial
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    dipole, dipole antenna
    an aerial half a wavelength long consisting of two rods connected to a transmission line at the center
    directional antenna
    an antenna that transmits or receives signals only in a narrow angle
    nondirectional antenna, omnidirectional antenna
    an antenna that sends or receives signals equally in all directions
    an arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics
    dish, dish aerial, dish antenna, saucer
    directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation
    radio aerial, radio antenna
    omnidirectional antenna comprising the part of a radio receiver by means of which radio signals are received
    television antenna, tv-antenna
    an omnidirectional antenna tuned to the broadcast frequencies assigned to television
    Yagi aerial, yagi
    a sharply directional antenna
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    electrical device
    a device that produces or is powered by electricity
  4. noun
    a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer
    synonyms: forward pass
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    flare, flare pass
    a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines
    screen pass
    a short forward pass in which the receiver is protected by a screen of blockers
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    pass, passing, passing game, passing play
    (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate
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