Pronunciation: (âr),[key] —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. 8. Music. 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.
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.
—v.t. 1. to expose to the air; give access to the open air; ventilate (often fol. by out): We air the bedrooms every day. 2. to expose ostentatiously; bring to public notice; display: to air one's opinions; to air one's theories. 3. to broadcast or televise.
—v.i. 1. to be exposed to the open air (often fol. by out): Open the window and let the room air out. 2. to be broadcast or televised.
—adj. 1. operating by means of air pressure or by acting upon air: an air drill; an air pump. 2. of or pertaining to aircraft or to aviation: air industry. 3. taking place in the air; aerial: air war.