air

When you breathe in, you're inhaling all that invisible stuff around us called air — a mixture of gases that includes oxygen.

To air something out can mean to expose it to the air in order to freshen it up, like leaving stinky sneakers out on the porch for a while to help them smell better. But to air a grievance or a secret is a whole other story — that means to publicize something that wasn't public knowledge before. Perhaps you have a cousin who takes great delight in airing all the family's secrets.

Definitions of air
  1. noun
    a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of
    air pollution”
    “a smell of chemicals in the air
    “open a window and let in some air
    “I need some fresh air
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    breath
    the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration
    hot air
    air that has been heated and tends to rise
    liquid air
    air in a liquid state
    exhalation, halitus
    exhaled breath
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    gas
    a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
  2. noun
    the mass of air surrounding the Earth
    “it was exposed to the air
    synonyms: atmosphere
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    airspace
    the atmosphere above a nation that is deemed to be under its jurisdiction
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    part, region
    the extended spatial location of something
  3. noun
    a slight wind (usually refreshing)
    “as he waited he could feel the air on his neck”
    synonyms: breeze, gentle wind, zephyr
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    sea breeze
    a cooling breeze from the sea (during the daytime)
    breath
    a slight movement of the air
    light air
    wind moving 1-3 knots; 1 on the Beaufort scale
    light breeze
    wind moving 4-7 knots; 2 on the Beaufort scale
    gentle breeze
    wind moving 7-10 knots; 3 on the Beaufort scale
    moderate breeze
    wind moving 13-18 knots; 4 on the Beaufort scale
    fresh breeze
    wind moving 19-24 knots; 5 on the Beaufort scale
    strong breeze
    wind moving 25-31 knots; 6 on the Beaufort scale
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    air current, current, current of air, wind
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
  4. noun
    once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
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    element
    one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe
  5. verb
    expose to fresh air
    synonyms: aerate, air out
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    expose
    expose or make accessible to some action or influence
  6. verb
    expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
    Air linen”
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    dry, dry out
    remove the moisture from and make dry
  7. verb
    expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
    air the old winter clothes”
    air out the smoke-filled rooms”
    synonyms: air out, vent, ventilate
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    freshen, refresh
    make (to feel) fresh
  8. noun
    the region above the ground
    “her hand stopped in mid air
    “he threw the ball into the air
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    part, region
    the extended spatial location of something
  9. noun
    a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
    “an air of mystery”
    “the house had a neglected air
    synonyms: atmosphere, aura, patina
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    mystique
    an aura of heightened value or interest or meaning surrounding a person or thing
    note
    a characteristic emotional quality
    vibe, vibration
    a distinctive emotional aura experienced instinctively
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    quality
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  10. noun
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    “she was humming an air from Beethoven”
    synonyms: line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune
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    fanfare, flourish, tucket
    (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
    glissando
    a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
    roulade
    (music) an elaborate run of several notes sung to one syllable
    leitmotif, leitmotiv
    a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)
    theme song
    a melody that recurs and comes to represent a musical play or movie
    signature, signature tune, theme song
    a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program
    idea, melodic theme, musical theme, theme
    (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
    part, voice
    the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music
    slide, swoop
    (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale
    motif, motive
    a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
    statement
    (music) the presentation of a musical theme
    variation
    a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
    primo
    the principal part of a duet (especially a piano duet)
    secondo
    the second or lower part of a duet (especially a piano duet)
    voice part
    a part written for a singer
    accompaniment, backup, musical accompaniment, support
    a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    bass, bass part
    the lowest part in polyphonic music
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    music
    an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
  11. noun
    medium for radio and television broadcasting
    “the program was on the air from 9 til midnight”
    synonyms: airwave
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    medium
    an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication
  12. verb
    broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
    synonyms: beam, broadcast, send, transmit
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    satellite
    broadcast or disseminate via satellite
    sportscast
    broadcast a sports event
    telecast, televise
    broadcast via television
    interrogate
    transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
    rebroadcast, rerun
    broadcast again, as of a film
    colorcast, colourcast
    broadcast in color
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    bare, publicise, publicize
    make public
  13. verb
    be broadcast
    “This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.”
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    be on, get on
    appear in a show, on T.V. or radio
  14. verb
    make public
    “She aired her opinions on welfare”
    synonyms: bare, publicise, publicize
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    hype
    publicize in an exaggerated and often misleading manner
    bulletin
    make public by bulletin
    bring out, issue, publish, put out, release
    prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
    broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
    cause to become widely known
    beam, broadcast, send, transmit
    broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
    edit
    supervise the publication of
    podcast
    distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer
    satellite
    broadcast or disseminate via satellite
    sportscast
    broadcast a sports event
    sow
    introduce into an environment
    telecast, televise
    broadcast via television
    generalise, generalize, popularise, popularize, vulgarise, vulgarize
    cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
    interrogate
    transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunication
    rebroadcast, rerun
    broadcast again, as of a film
    carry, run
    include as the content; broadcast or publicize
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    tell
    let something be known
  15. noun
    travel via aircraft
    air travel involves too much waiting in airports”
    “if you've time to spare go by air
    synonyms: air travel, aviation
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    flight, flying
    an instance of traveling by air
    acrobatics, aerobatics, stunt flying, stunting
    the performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft
    blind flying, blind landing
    using only instruments for flying an aircraft because you cannot see through clouds or mists etc.
    ballooning
    flying in a balloon
    fly-by, flyover, flypast
    a flight at a low altitude (usually of military aircraft) over spectators on the ground
    glide, gliding, sailing, sailplaning, soaring
    the activity of flying a glider
    maiden flight
    the first flight of its kind
    overflight
    a flight by an aircraft over a particular area (especially over an area in foreign territory)
    pass
    a flight or run by an aircraft over a target
    solo
    a flight in which the aircraft pilot is unaccompanied
    sortie
    (military) an operational flight by a single aircraft (as in a military operation)
    low level flight, terrain flight
    flight at very low altitudes
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    travel, traveling, travelling
    the act of going from one place to another
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