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Noun: air  eh(r)
  1. 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"
  2. The region above the ground
    "her hand stopped in mid air"; "he threw the ball into the air"
  3. A distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
    "an air of mystery"; "the house had a neglected air";
    - aura, atmosphere
  4. A slight wind (usually refreshing)
    "as he waited he could feel the air on his neck";
    - breeze, zephyr, gentle wind
  5. The mass of air surrounding the Earth
    "it was exposed to the air";
    - atmosphere
  6. A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    "she was humming an air from Beethoven";
    - tune, melody, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase
  7. Medium for radio and television broadcasting
    "the program was on the air from 9 til midnight";
    - airwave
  8. Travel via aircraft
    "air travel involves too much waiting in airports"; "if you've time to spare go by air";
    - air travel, aviation
  9. [archaic] Once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
Verb: air  eh(r)
  1. Expose to fresh air
    "air your old sneakers";
    - air out, aerate
  2. (broadcast medium) be broadcast
    "This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M."
  3. (broadcast medium) broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
    "We cannot air this X-rated song";
    - send, broadcast, beam, transmit
  4. Make public
    "She aired her opinions on welfare";
    - publicize, publicise [Brit], bare
  5. Expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
    "Air linen"
  6. Expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
    "air the old winter clothes"; "air out the smoke-filled rooms";
    - vent, ventilate, air out

Sounds like: ere, e'er, heir, Ayr

Derived forms: aired, airing, airs

Type of: air current, current of air, dry, dry out, element, expose, freshen, gas, medium, music, part, quality, refresh, region, tell, travel, traveling [US], travelling [Brit, Cdn], wind

Part of: air current, current of air, Earth, globe, wind, world

Encyclopedia: Air