Meaning of AERIAL in English

I. ae·ri·al ˈer-ē-əl, ā-ˈir-ē-əl adjective

Etymology: Latin aerius, from Greek aerios, from aēr

Date: 1604


a. : of, relating to, or occurring in the air or atmosphere

b. : existing or growing in the air rather than in the ground or in water

c. : high in the air

aerial spires

d. : operating or operated overhead on elevated cables or rails

an aerial tram

2. : suggestive of air: as

a. : lacking substance

b. : fanciful , ethereal

visions of aerial joy — P. B. Shelley


a. : of or relating to aircraft

aerial navigation

b. : designed for use in, taken from, or operating from or against aircraft

c. : effected by means of aircraft

aerial transportation

4. : of, relating to, or gained by the forward pass in football

• ae·ri·al·ly -ə-lē adverb

II. aer·i·al ˈer-ē-əl noun

Date: 1902

1. : antenna 2

2. : forward pass

3. : an acrobatic maneuver performed (as by skiers and gymnasts) in the air ; also plural : a ski event featuring aerials

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.