Adjective "air" definition and examples

(Air may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ɛː/

Definitions and examples

noun

The invisible gaseous substance surrounding the earth, a mixture mainly of oxygen and nitrogen.
  1. 'It is a natural process for a fire to draw in air to consume its oxygen.'
  2. 'Before long, the hot air inside the balloon is less dense than the cool air that surrounds it.'
  3. 'Exposing the fabric to the oxygen in air and heating it for a while changes the molecules back to indigo.'
  4. 'Beat the butter into the chocolate and cream, trying not to get any air into the mixture.'
  5. 'Most victims were long gone, to hospitals or morgues, and their attackers were as invisible as air.'
  6. 'Hence, toxic substances in air can easily reach the lung and produce harmful effects locally and in other organs.'
  7. 'The engine is normal and the mixture of air / fuel is right when the color of the plug is tan.'
  8. 'The chilled air surrounded him as he trudged off towards his car parked only a few feet away.'
  9. 'The most familiar cause of hypoxic hypoxia is the low oxygen content of air at high altitude.'
  10. 'The soybean takes nitrogen from air in the soil and fixes it in nodules on its roots.'
  11. 'the doctor told me to get some fresh air'
  12. 'A new study shows air pollution in some national parks is so bad it rivals the smog in major cities.'
  13. 'Automobile exhaust fumes have become a major contributor to air pollution globally.'
  14. 'Breathing fresh air is vital, so get outdoors as much as possible.'
  15. 'My body heat rose to my face in the cool, stale bus air.'
  16. 'Why do we have to leave our cities and towns to breathe fresh air?'
  17. 'After being locked down for so long it will be exhilarating to exit my cell and to breathe the fresh desert air.'
  18. 'For many, the north shore still holds the allure of country life with historic towns, cleaner air and a slower pace of life.'
  19. 'It seemed many long minutes before Giles came back up for air.'
  20. 'He had seen enough and was having trouble breathing because the air was thin.'
  21. 'She once again inhaled the autumn air and then jumped back in her car.'
  22. 'Wolves have launched an inquiry into how Mrs Butler was hurt by a firework that should have flown straight up in the air.'
  23. 'Cirrus clouds indicated the distant approach of a trough, both in the surface and upper air.'
  24. 'Cheers and whistles filled the air.'
  25. 'Despite the visual high of watching a superhero leaping across rooftops or swinging through the air at incredibly dangerous speeds, the film is really a love story.'
  26. 'Think about it like this: If you stand on the ground and jump into the air, you burn about ten calories.'
  27. 'Ultimately, one of the dog's hind legs shoots up in the air, as its head goes down.'
  28. 'The smell of fried chicken wafted through the air.'
  29. 'The air above this sea ice is deprived of heat and moisture from the ocean.'
  30. 'Bright-orange flocks of butterflies fill the air - the migrating monarchs.'
  31. 'all goods must come in by air'
  32. 'The government started also bombing us from above, from the air.'
  33. 'The bad news for air travelers is that in the long term, fares are bound to increase.'
  34. 'It is one of the ugliest cities I've ever seen, from the air.'
  35. 'At the time no one realized that this was the aircraft which would win the air war over the Pacific.'
  36. 'Nimitz knew that the battle that would ensue would involve aircraft and air supremacy.'
  37. 'In a world in which air travel would continue to become cheaper, tourism here had to build on quality.'
  38. 'The Convention provides an exclusive legal framework for the settlement of disputes arising out of the international carriage of goods (and passengers) by air.'
  39. 'As we were taxiing out to the strip I saw some air activity east of the field.'
  40. 'Suppose the world population is housed, educated and fed and wants air travel on tap?'
  41. 'Bomber Command's air offensive against Germany was one of the epic campaigns of World War II.'
  42. 'The idea that comes to my mind is to do a TV show, but to do it strictly online rather than over the air.'
  43. 'But they're sending your confidential data over the air through a broadcast system.'
  44. 'As an air sign, Libra likes to keep things light, bright and positive.'
  45. 'In vedic astrology, Virgo has some qualities of air, because Mercury is considered an airy planet for them.'
  46. 'Neither buildings nor people can escape the logic of the elements of fire and air.'
  47. 'The air signs are the guys who seem self-obsessed but spend most of their time with other people.'
  48. 'As an air sign, Aquarius relates to places that are high off the ground or above the general eye line.'
  49. 'In the light airs, the crews must step gingerly around the boat to retain boatspeed.'
  50. 'From the mobile start line north of Rough Holme, Naiad got away well in the light south-westerly airs and reached the windward mark at Claife with a narrow lead.'
  51. 'They've had sea swells of 40 metres and snow, followed by light airs.'
  52. 'All of the heroes that is, except for the heroes of the airs… of the winds.'
An impression of a quality or manner given by someone or something.
  1. 'he leaned over with a confidential air'
  2. 'When they come through here on the way to Europe they have a gay, free, happy air.'
  3. 'He is about 41, with iron grey hair, round glasses, and a faint air of irony.'
  4. 'A goatee instantly adds an air of distinguished maturity to one's appearance.'
  5. 'A big crowd had come and there was a certain air of hope - even if at times it appeared a little forced.'
  6. 'Rather, the American industrial and technological scene is endowed with an air of epic grandeur.'
  7. 'If Roux carries with him an air of grandeur - and I do detect just a whiff - well, perhaps he can be forgiven for it.'
  8. 'The reason was the absolute perfection of her appearance and her air of invincible superiority.'
  9. 'A faint air of hopelessness overcomes McWhorter as our conversation winds down.'
  10. 'In a way, their story is much more interesting for the deliberate air of mystique they cultivate.'
  11. 'There seems to be an air of unreality, as though the war were a million miles away.'
  12. 'he began to put on airs and think he could boss us around'
  13. 'Alice's sharp wit and blunt pronouncements could be intimidating, but if you didn't put on airs and weren't a fool, she was fiercely loyal and endlessly forgiving.'
  14. 'Not for her the tendency to put on airs and throwing star tantrums.'
  15. 'Beth didn't put on airs, and she liked people who were the same way.'
  16. 'But then again, he had never been one to put on airs.'
  17. 'She affects no artistic airs and harbours few highfalutin’ notions about the mystique or cultural sanctity of opera.'
  18. 'Lady Catherine is one of the main offenders, her airs, arrogance and pride are fuelled by other characters like Mr Collins.'
  19. 'In other words, they - most of the people that are very successful in life - put on airs.'
  20. 'The main reason I feel this is that when you date, pretense and airs are, well, up in the air.'
A tune or short melodious song.
  1. 'Expect to hear a varied repertoire of original tunes and airs along with a choice of songs by Irish singer-songwriters and composers arranged by this dynamic duo.'
  2. 'Helena Bell gave a first class performance of Celtic airs and received a very warm applause.'
  3. 'In the 17th century popular ballads were sung to the traditional airs; these were published in great numbers during the 18th century.'
A jump off the ground on a snowboard or skateboard.
  1. 'John was easily doing triple swith-ups and big airs out of the coping.'
  2. 'I love to watch Richie ride; he's my fave, some style and clean airs.'

verb

Express (an opinion or grievance) publicly.
  1. 'The view was aired at a stormy community meeting in which householders living near the site were given information about the Heslington East proposals.'
  2. 'Last week food experts aired their concerns about the amount of salt content in our food.'
  3. 'The idea that they should be prevented from airing their opinions appals me.'
  4. 'More than 100 people aired their views on what should happen to a two kilometre stretch of land along the River Wharfe.'
  5. 'We could set up a public forum to discuss these issues and allow grievances to be aired.'
  6. 'There are those in this area who hate him, but are afraid to air their grievances publicly.'
  7. 'It is a new show that will give members of the public the chance to air their opinions on a range of hot topics.'
  8. 'Although the language used is different, the same grievances are being aired.'
  9. 'When an opportunity arises for people to air their views, it is a shame not to take it.'
  10. 'People wanting to air their views about the scheme have until the end of April.'
  11. 'the programmes were aired on India's state TV network'
  12. 'Every day, Dominica's Broadcasting Corporation airs a radio programme exclusively about bananas, drawing an avid audience from all over this tiny Caribbean island.'
  13. 'This was as a result of the recent ‘Secret Agent’ television programme aired last week on BBC one.'
  14. 'A few years after the Allied victory, NBC television aired a remarkable documentary series.'
  15. 'New games are unlocked every Tuesday as each new episode is aired on television in this ever-expanding online treasure-trove.'
  16. 'Highlights from the gig will be aired on Radio 1 across the week.'
  17. 'BTV aired an interview with a former member of the Russian Federal Service for Security.'
  18. 'The new television campaign will be aired during top rated programmes and, according to Miller, will reach 90 per cent of all Irish adults.'
  19. 'Part 2 of ‘The Great Outdoors’ show shot at Hyner View State Park was aired last Sunday night on the local Fox station in Northeast, PA.'
  20. 'Last week the BBC aired a television programme that contained evidence of a problem with drink and drug misuse among doctors in the United Kingdom.'
  21. 'NBC's "Nightly News" aired part of the interview Thursday.'
  22. 'The extremely practical and funky knee length side zips with popper storm flaps allow ankles to be aired and calves exposed.'
Expose (a room) to the open air in order to ventilate it.
  1. 'It may be wise to actually close this place now, so that you can air out this room properly before the start of the next season.'
  2. 'I'm trying to air the house to get rid of the last traces of the petrol smell.'
  3. 'With no windows to open to air the place out, the only thing the Blues could do was import some industrial-sized fans to circulate the air.'
  4. 'All windows are open to air the rooms and with only shutters to keep out little intruders the level of noise is unbearable.'
  5. 'I was airing the sheets'
  6. 'Feather mattresses removed, aired and fluffed before being put back in their place.'
  7. 'I asked my mother one day, airing out the sheets.'
  8. 'The completed items would be kept in storage for as long as necessary, brought out to be washed and aired occasionally, and jealously guarded.'

More definitions

1. a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and minute amounts of other gases that surrounds the earth and forms its atmosphere.

2. a stir in the atmosphere; a light breeze.

3. overhead space; sky: The planes filled the air.

4. circulation; publication; publicity: to give air to one's theories.

5. the general character or complexion of anything; appearance: His early work had an air of freshness and originality.

6. the peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person: There is an air

More examples(as adjective)

"roads can be air for exports."

"issues can be air in/at/on months."

"issues can be air over lasts."

"carriers can be air."

"forces can be air."

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Origin

(air)Middle English (in air (sense 1 of the noun)): from Old French air, from Latin aer, from Greek aēr, denoting the gas. air (sense 2 of the noun) is from French air, probably from Old French aire ‘site, disposition’, from Latin ager, agr- ‘field’ (influenced by sense 1). air (sense 3 of the noun) comes from Italian aria (see aria).

Phrase

airs and graces
in the air
on (or off) the air
take the air
up in the air
walk (or tread) on air