AIR Definition - AIR Meaning

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" [syn: {air}]

2 : the region above the ground; "her hand stopped in mid air"; "he threw the ball into the air" [syn: {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 universe (Empedocles) [syn: {air}]

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 til midnight"; "the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people" [syn: {air}, {airwave}]

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}]

10 : expose to fresh air; "aerate your old sneakers" [syn: {air out}, {air}, {aerate}]

11 : be broadcast; "This show will air Saturdays at P.M." [syn: {air}]

12 : broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; "We cannot air this X-rated song" [syn: {air}, {send}, {broadcast}, {beam}, {transmit}]

13 : make public; "She aired her opinions on welfare" [syn: {publicize}, {publicise}, {air}, {bare}]

14 : expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry; "Air linen" [syn: {air}]

15 : 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}]