Meaning of AERIAL in English

I. ˈa]rēəl, ˈe], ˈaa], ˈā] also āˈi] or āˈē] or āˈe] adjective

Etymology: Latin aeri us (from Greek aerios, from aer-, aēr air) + English -al — more at air


a. : of or belonging to the air or atmosphere

vast aerial gulfs — J.C.Powys

b. : consisting of air

aerial particles


(1) : existing in the air : moving through the air

aerial spirits

(2) : existing, forming, or growing in the air rather than in the ground or in water

aerial plants

d. : found, placed, or suspended in the air

an aerial supply of oxygen

aerial germicides

e. : produced by or performed in the air

aerial oxidation

a hummingbird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers — W.H.Hudson †1922

f. : rising high in the air : lofty

aerial spires

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

aerial conveyors for transportation of raw materials

an aerial railway


a. : resembling or suggestive of air: as

(1) : thin , attenuated : lacking substance

fine and aerial distinctions

(2) : imaginary , ethereal , ideal

visions of aerial joy — P.B.Shelley

(3) : clear as air : lucid

compare the aerial texture of his essay with the … darkness of the original sources — John Russell

b. : representative of the effect of atmosphere : atmospheric

the principal charm of all Italian scenery, its graceful outlines and much of its delicate aerial tints — Norman Douglas


a. : of or relating to aircraft

aerial navigation

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

aerial camera

aerial photo

aerial gun

c. : by means of aircraft

documents … for aerial transmission to the headquarters — Punch

4. : using or resulting from a forward pass in football

some fine aerial work

an aerial attack that led … to their 27-20 victory — New York Times

• aer·i·al·ly -ēəlē, -i\ adverb

II. noun

( -s )

1. : antenna 3

2. : aerial ladder

3. : forward pass

III. noun

: an acrobatic maneuver performed (as by skiers and gymnasts) in the air ; also : a downhill ski event in which skiers execute aerials

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