[syn: vent, ventilate, air out, air]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Air \Air\ ([^a]r), n. [OE. air, eir, F. air, L. a["e]r, fr. Gr.
'ah`r, air, mist, for 'a[digamma]hr, fr. root 'a[digamma] to
blow, breathe, probably akin to E. wind. In sense 10 the
French has taking a meaning fr. It. aria atmosphere, air, fr.
the same Latin word; and in senses 11, 12, 13 the French
meaning is either fr. L. aria, or due to confusion with F.
aire, in an older sense of origin, descent. Cf. A["e]ry,
Debonair, Malaria, Wind.]
1. The fluid which we breathe, and which surrounds the earth;
the atmosphere. It is invisible, inodorous, insipid,
transparent, compressible, elastic, and ponderable.
Note: By the ancient philosophers, air was regarded as an
element; but modern science has shown that it is
essentially a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen, with a
small amount of carbon dioxide, the average proportions
being, by volume: oxygen, 20.96 per cent.; nitrogen,
79.00 per cent.; carbon dioxide, 0.04 per cent. These
proportions are subject to a very slight variability.
Air also always contains some vapor of water.
2. Symbolically: Something unsubstantial, light, or volatile.
"Charm ache with air." --Shak.
He was still all air and fire. [Air and fire being
the finer and quicker elements as opposed to earth and
3. A particular state of the atmosphere, as respects heat,
cold, moisture, etc., or as affecting the sensations; as,
a smoky air, a damp air, the morning air, etc.
4. Any a["e]riform body; a gas; as, oxygen was formerly
called vital air. [Obs.]
5. Air in motion; a light breeze; a gentle wind.
Let vernal airs through trembling osiers play.
6. Odoriferous or contaminated air.
7. That which surrounds and influences.
The keen, the wholesome air of poverty.
8. Utterance abroad; publicity; vent.
You gave it air before me. --Dryden.
9. Intelligence; information. [Obs.] --Bacon.
(a) A musical idea, or motive, rhythmically developed in
consecutive single tones, so as to form a symmetrical
and balanced whole, which may be sung by a single
voice to the stanzas of a hymn or song, or even to
plain prose, or played upon an instrument; a melody;
a tune; an aria.
(b) In harmonized chorals, psalmody, part songs, etc.,
the part which bears the tune or melody -- in modern
harmony usually the upper part -- is sometimes called
11. The peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person;
mien; demeanor; as, the air of a youth; a heavy air; a
lofty air. "His very air." --Shak.
12. Peculiar appearance; apparent character; semblance;
It was communicated with the air of a secret.
12. pl. An artificial or affected manner; show of pride or
vanity; haughtiness; as, it is said of a person, he puts
on airs. --Thackeray.
(a) The representation or reproduction of the effect of
the atmospheric medium through which every object in
nature is viewed. --New Am. Cyc.
(b) Carriage; attitude; action; movement; as, the head of
that portrait has a good air. --Fairholt.
15. (Man.) The artificial motion or carriage of a horse.
Note: Air is much used adjectively or as the first part of a
compound term. In most cases it might be written
indifferently, as a separate limiting word, or as the
first element of the compound term, with or without the
hyphen; as, air bladder, air-bladder, or airbladder;
air cell, air-cell, or aircell; air-pump, or airpump.
Air balloon. See Balloon.
(a) An apparatus for the application of air to the body.
(b) An arrangement for drying substances in air of any
Air castle. See Castle in the air, under Castle.
Air compressor, a machine for compressing air to be used as
a motive power.
Air crossing, a passage for air in a mine.
Air cushion, an air-tight cushion which can be inflated;
also, a device for arresting motion without shock by
Air fountain, a contrivance for producing a jet of water by
the force of compressed air.
Air furnace, a furnace which depends on a natural draft and
not on blast.
Air line, a straight line; a bee line. Hence
Air-line, adj.; as, air-line road.
Air lock (Hydr. Engin.), an intermediate chamber between
the outer air and the compressed-air chamber of a
pneumatic caisson. --Knight.
Air port (Nav.), a scuttle or porthole in a ship to admit
Air spring, a spring in which the elasticity of air is
Air thermometer, a form of thermometer in which the
contraction and expansion of air is made to measure
changes of temperature.
Air threads, gossamer.
Air trap, a contrivance for shutting off foul air or gas
from drains, sewers, etc.; a stench trap.
Air trunk, a pipe or shaft for conducting foul or heated
air from a room.
Air valve, a valve to regulate the admission or egress of
air; esp. a valve which opens inwardly in a steam boiler
and allows air to enter.
Air way, a passage for a current of air; as the air way of
an air pump; an air way in a mine.
In the air.
(a) Prevalent without traceable origin or authority, as
(b) Not in a fixed or stable position; unsettled.
(c) (Mil.) Unsupported and liable to be turned or taken
in flank; as, the army had its wing in the air.
on the air, currently transmitting; live; -- used of radio
and television broadcasts, to indicate that the images and
sounds being picked up by cameras and microphones are
being broadcast at the present moment.
Note: In call-in programs where individuals outside a radio
or television studio have telephoned into the station,
when their voice is being directly broadcast, the host
of the program commonly states "You're on the air." as
a warning that the conversation is not private.
To take air, to be divulged; to be made public.
To take the air, to go abroad; to walk or ride out.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Air \Air\ ([^a]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aired ([^a]rd); p. pr.
& vb. n. Airing.] [See Air, n., and cf. A["e]rate.]
1. To expose to the air for the purpose of cooling,
refreshing, or purifying; to ventilate; as, to air a room.
It were good wisdom . . . that the jail were aired.
Were you but riding forth to air yourself. --Shak.
2. To expose for the sake of public notice; to display
ostentatiously; as, to air one's opinion.
Airing a snowy hand and signet gem. --Tennyson.
3. To expose to heat, for the purpose of expelling dampness,
or of warming; as, to air linen; to air liquors.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 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";
"an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's
headquarters"; "the place had an aura of romance" [syn:
air, aura, atmosphere]
4: a slight wind (usually refreshing); "the breeze was cooled by
the lake"; "as he waited he could feel the air on his neck"
[syn: breeze, zephyr, gentle wind, air]
5: the mass of air surrounding the Earth; "there was great heat
as the comet entered the atmosphere"; "it was exposed to the
air" [syn: atmosphere, air]
6: once thought to be one of four elements composing the
7: a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she
was humming an air from Beethoven" [syn: tune, melody,
air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase]
8: medium for radio and television broadcasting; "the program
was on the air from 9 til midnight"; "the president used the
airwaves to take his message to the people" [syn: air,
9: travel via aircraft; "air travel involves too much waiting in
airports"; "if you've time to spare go by air" [syn: air
travel, aviation, air]
v 1: expose to fresh air; "aerate your old sneakers" [syn: air
out, air, aerate]
2: be broadcast; "This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M."
3: broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; "We
cannot air this X-rated song" [syn: air, send,
broadcast, beam, transmit]
4: make public; "She aired her opinions on welfare" [syn:
publicize, publicise, air, 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" [syn:
vent, ventilate, air out, air]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
339 Moby Thesaurus words for "air":
CAT, Caelus, action, actions, activity, acts, address, advertise,
aerate, aerodynamics, aerospace, aerosphere, affectation, air,
air hole, air out, air pocket, air-condition, air-cool, airify,
airspace, airy nothing, analyze, aria, atmosphere, atom,
atomic particles, aura, azure, bearing, behavior, behavior pattern,
behavioral norm, behavioral science, blazon forth, blue sky,
brandish, break it to, break the news, breathe, breeze, broach,
broadcast, brow, brute matter, bubble, building block, bump,
caelum, canopy, canopy of heaven, canto, cantus, canvass, carriage,
cast, cast of countenance, ceiling, cerulean, chaff,
chemical element, chip, climate, cobweb, color, come out with,
comment upon, complexion, component, comportment, conduct, confide,
confide to, consider, constituent, controvert, cooling breeze,
cope, cork, countenance, cross-ventilate, crosswind,
culture pattern, custom, dangle, deal with, debate, declare,
deliberate, deliberate upon, demeanor, demonstrate, deportment,
descant, discourse about, discover, discuss, display, divulgate,
divulge, doing, doings, down, dust, earth, element,
elementary particle, elementary unit, emblazon, empty space,
empyrean, ether, evulgate, examine, exchange views, exhibit, face,
facial appearance, fairy, fan, favor, favorable wind, feather,
feature, features, feel, feeling, fire, firmament, flash, flaunt,
flourish, flue, fluff, fluid, foam, fog, folkway, freshen, front,
froth, fundamental particle, fuzz, gale, garb, gas, gentle wind,
gestures, give, give out, give vent to, go into, goings-on,
gossamer, guise, halogen gas, handle, head wind, heaven, heavens,
high-pressure area, hold up, hole, hyaline, hyle, hypostasis,
illusion, inert gas, investigate, ionosphere, jetstream,
knock around, lay, let get around, let in on, let out, lift, lifts,
light air, light breeze, light wind, line, lineaments, lines,
looks, low-pressure area, maintien, make known, make public,
manifest, manner, manners, material, material world, materiality,
matter, measure, melodia, melodic line, melody, method,
methodology, methods, mien, milieu, mist, moderate breeze,
modus vivendi, molecule, monad, mote, motions, movements, moves,
natural world, nature, noise abroad, note, observable behavior,
ocean breeze, onshore breeze, open up, out with, overcast,
overtone, oxygenate, oxygenize, parade, pass under review, pattern,
phantom, physical world, physiognomy, plenum, pneumatics, pocket,
poise, port, pose, posture, practice, praxis, presence, procedure,
proceeding, proclaim, publish, put, put forth, put forward,
put out, quality, rap, reason, reason about, reason the point,
refrain, refresh, reveal, review, roughness, sea breeze, sense,
set, shadow, sift, sky, smoke, social science, softblowing wind,
solo, solo part, song, soprano part, soup, space, spirit, sponge,
sport, spume, stance, starry heaven, state, strain, stratosphere,
straw, study, stuff, style, substance, substratosphere, substratum,
tactics, tail wind, take up, talk, talk about, talk of, talk over,
tell, the blue, the blue serene, the four elements, thin air,
thistledown, thresh out, tone, traits, treat, treble, tropopause,
troposphere, trough, trumpet, trumpet forth, tune, turbulence,
turn, undertone, unit of being, utter, vapor, vault,
vault of heaven, vaunt, vent, ventilate, visage, visibility,
visibility zero, water, wave, way, way of life, ways, welkin, wind,
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016):
Adobe Intergrated Runtime (Adobe)
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016):
Automatic Image Refinement (Canon), "A.I.R."
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
A future infrared standard from IrDA. AIR will
provide in-room multipoint to multipoint connectivity. AIR
supports a data rate of 4 Mbps at a distance of 4 metres, and
250 Kbps at up to 8 metres. It is designed for cordless
connections to multiple peripherals and meeting room
See also IrDA Data and IrDA Control
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
the atmosphere, as opposed to the higher regions of the sky (1
Thess. 4:17; Rev. 9:2; 16:17). This word occurs once as the
rendering of the Hebrew _ruah_ (Job 41:16); elsewhere it is the
rendering of _shamaiyim_, usually translated "heavens."
The expression "to speak into the air" (1 Cor. 14:9) is a
proverb denoting to speak in vain, as to "beat the air" (1 Cor.
9:26) denotes to labour in vain.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
AIR, n. A nutritious substance supplied by a bountiful Providence for
the fattening of the poor.