air [er, ar]
[ME < OFr < L aer < Gr aēr, air, mist]
1. the elastic, invisible mixture of gases (chiefly nitrogen and oxygen, as well as hydrogen, carbon dioxide, argon, neon, helium, etc.) that surrounds the earth; atmosphere
2. space above the earth; sky
a) a movement of air; breeze; wind
b) cool, refreshing air; fresh air
5. an outward appearance; general impression or feeling given by something [an air of luxury fills the room]
6. a pervading or surrounding influence or condition; general mood or social environment [controversy troubling the air at the convention; an apology designed to clear the air]
7. a person's bearing, manner, or appearance
8. [pl.] affected, superior manners and graces
9. public expression or publicity [give air to your opinions]
10. transportation or travel by aircraft [to go by air]
11. the medium through which radio signals are transmitted
13. Music
a) a song or tune
b) the main melody in a harmonized composition, usually the soprano or treble part
of or by aircraft, air forces, etc. [air power, air safety]
1. to let air into or through; put where air can dry, cool, freshen, etc.
2. to make known publicly; publicize
3. to broadcast on radio or television
1. to become aired, dried, cooled, etc.
2. to be broadcast on radio or television
☆ give the air or get the air
Slang to reject (or be rejected) as a lover
in the air
1. current or prevalent
2. not decided; not settled; still imaginary
on the air or off the air
Radio TV that is (or is not) broadcasting or being broadcast
take the air
to go outdoors, as for fresh air
up in the air
1. not settled; not decided
2. Informal angry; highly excited, agitated, etc.
walk on air or float on air
to feel very happy, lively, or exalted

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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