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.

Primary Meanings of air

1.
nv
a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of
expose to fresh air
2.
n
the region above the ground
3.
n
a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
4.
n
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
5.
nv
medium for radio and television broadcasting
broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
6.
n
travel via aircraft
Full Definitions of air
1

n 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
Type of:
gas
a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely

n the mass of air surrounding the Earth

“it was exposed to the air
Synonyms:
atmosphere
Types:
airspace
the atmosphere above a nation that is deemed to be under its jurisdiction
Type of:
part, region
the extended spatial location of something

n 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 8-12 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
Type of:
air current, current of air, wind
air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure

n once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)

Type of:
element
one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe

v expose to fresh air

Synonyms:
aerate, air out
Type of:
expose
expose or make accessible to some action or influence

v expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry

Air linen”
Type of:
dry, dry out
remove the moisture from and make dry

v 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
Type of:
freshen, refresh
make (to feel) fresh
2

n the region above the ground

“her hand stopped in mid air
“he threw the ball into the air
Type of:
part, region
the extended spatial location of something
3

n a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

“an air of mystery”
“the house had a neglected air
Synonyms:
atmosphere, aura
Types:
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
Type of:
quality
an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
4

n 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
Type of:
music
an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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n medium for radio and television broadcasting

“the program was on the air from 9 til midnight”
Synonyms:
airwave
Type of:
medium
an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication

v broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television

“We cannot air this X-rated song”
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
Type of:
bare, publicise, publicize
make public

v be broadcast

“This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.”
Types:
be on, get on
appear in a show, on T.V. or radio

v 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
Type of:
tell
let something be known
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n 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
Type of:
travel, traveling, travelling
the act of going from one place to another

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