air

[[t]ɛər[/t]]
n.
1) phs 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
4) circulation; publication; publicity:
to give air to one's theories[/ex]
5) general character or appearance; aura:
an air of mystery about him[/ex]
6) airs, affected or unnatural manner; assumed haughtiness
7) mad
a) a tune; melody
b) an Elizabethan accompanied song
8) aircraft as a means of transportation:
to ship by air[/ex]
9) rtv the medium through which radio waves are transmitted
10) inf Informal. air conditioning or an air-conditioning system
11) archaic breath
12) to expose to the air; ventilate (often fol. by out)
13) to bring to public notice; display:
to air one's opinions[/ex]
14) sbz rtv to broadcast or televise
15) to be exposed to the open air (often fol. by out):
Let the room air out[/ex]
16) rtv to be broadcast or televised
17) operating by means of air pressure or by acting upon air:
an air drill; an air pump[/ex]
18) of or pertaining to aircraft or to aviation
19) taking place in the air; aerial
20) cvb imaginary; imitated; mimicked (used before the name of a musical instrument):
to play the air guitar[/ex]
Etymology: 1150–1200; ME eir < OF air < L āēr- < Gk āḗr syn: See wind1.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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