— airlike , adj.
/air/ , n.
1. 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: The planes filled the air.
4. circulation; publication; publicity: to give air to one's theories.
5. the general character or complexion of anything; appearance: His early work had an air of freshness and originality.
6. the peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person: There is an air of mystery about him.
7. airs , affected or unnatural manner; manifestation of pride or vanity; assumed haughtiness: He acquired airs that were insufferable to his friends.
a. a tune; melody.
b. the soprano or treble part.
c. an aria.
d. Also, ayre . an Elizabethan art song.
9. aircraft as a means of transportation: to arrive by air; to ship goods by air.
10. Informal. air conditioning or an air-conditioning system: The price includes tires, radio, and air.
11. Radio. the medium through which radio waves are transmitted.
12. Archaic. breath.
13. clear the air , to eliminate dissension, ambiguity, or tension from a discussion, situation, etc.: The staff meeting was intended to help clear the air.
14. get the air , Informal.
a. to be rejected, as by a lover.
b. to be dismissed, as by an employer: He had worked only a few days when he got the air.
15. give (someone) the air , Informal.
a. to reject, as a lover: He was bitter because she gave him the air.
b. to dismiss, as an employee.
16. in the air , in circulation; current: There's a rumor in the air that we're moving to a new location.
17. into thin air , completely out of sight or reach: He vanished into thin air.
18. off the air ,
a. not broadcasting: The station goes off the air at midnight.
b. not broadcast; out of operation as a broadcast: The program went off the air years ago.
c. (of a computer) not in operation.
19. on the air ,
a. in the act of broadcasting; being broadcast: The program will be going on the air in a few seconds.
b. (of a computer) in operation.
20. put on airs , to assume an affected or haughty manner: As their fortune increased, they began to put on airs.
21. take the air ,
a. to go out-of-doors; take a short walk or ride.
b. Slang. to leave, esp. hurriedly.
c. to begin broadcasting.
22. up in the air ,
a. Also, in the air . undecided or unsettled: The contract is still up in the air.
b. Informal. angry; perturbed: There is no need to get up in the air over a simple mistake.
23. walk or tread on air , to feel very happy; be elated.
24. to expose to the air; give access to the open air; ventilate (often fol. by out ): We air the bedrooms every day.
25. to expose ostentatiously; bring to public notice; display: to air one's opinions; to air one's theories.
26. to broadcast or televise.
27. to be exposed to the open air (often fol. by out ): Open the window and let the room air out.
28. to be broadcast or televised.
29. operating by means of air pressure or by acting upon air: an air drill; an air pump.
30. of or pertaining to aircraft or to aviation: air industry.
31. taking place in the air; aerial: air war.
[ 1150-1200; ME eir air aer- (acc. aerem ) aer- (s. of aér ) the lower atmosphere; conflated with (esp. for defs. 4 and 5) F air, OF aire nature, character ager field (cf. ACRE) and area threshing floor, clearing, AREA; and with (for def. 7) F air aria ARIA ]
Syn. 2. See wind 1 . 5, 6 . impression, aspect. 6. aura, demeanor, attitude. See manner 1 .
/air/ , Scot.
2. Obs. before; previously.
[ see ERE ]