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Meaning of 'air' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Air [ n.]
- The fluid which we breathe, and which surrounds the earth; the atmosphere. It is invisible, inodorous, insipid, transparent, compressible, elastic, and ponderable.
- Symbolically: Something unsubstantial, light, or volatile.
- A particular state of the atmosphere, as respects heat, cold, moisture, etc., or as affecting the sensations; as, a smoky air, a damp air, the morning air, etc.
- Any aeriform body; a gas; as, oxygen was formerly called vital air.
- Air in motion; a light breeze; a gentle wind.
- Odoriferous or contaminated air.
- That which surrounds and influences.
- Utterance abroad; publicity; vent.
- Intelligence; information.
- A musical idea, or motive, rhythmically developed in consecutive single tones, so as to form a symmetrical and balanced whole, which may be sung by a single voice to the stanzas of a hymn or song, or even to plain prose, or played upon an instrument; a melody; a tune; an aria.
- In harmonized chorals, psalmody, part songs, etc., the part which bears the tune or melody -- in modern harmony usually the upper part -- is sometimes called the air.
- The peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person; mien; demeanor; as, the air of a youth; a heavy air; a lofty air.
- Peculiar appearance; apparent character; semblance; manner; style.
- An artificial or affected manner; show of pride or vanity; haughtiness; as, it is said of a person, he puts on airs.
- The representation or reproduction of the effect of the atmospheric medium through which every object in nature is viewed.
- Carriage; attitude; action; movement; as, the head of that portrait has a good air.
- The artificial motion or carriage of a horse.
- To expose to the air for the purpose of cooling, refreshing, or purifying; to ventilate; as, to air a room.
- To expose for the sake of public notice; to display ostentatiously; as, to air one's opinion.
- To expose to heat, for the purpose of expelling dampness, or of warming; as, to air linen; to air liquors.

Meaning of 'air' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . air [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of
Example in sentence:
  • a smell of chemicals in the air;
  • air pollution;
  • I need some fresh air;
  • open a window and let in some air
Meaning (2):
- travel via aircraft
Example in sentence:
  • air travel involves too much waiting in airports;
  • if you've time to spare go by air
Meaning (3):
- a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
Example in sentence:
  • an air of mystery;
  • an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters;
  • the house had a neglected air;
  • the place had an aura of romance
Meaning (4):
- a slight wind (usually refreshing)
Example in sentence:
  • as he waited he could feel the air on his neck;
  • the breeze was cooled by the lake
Meaning (5):
- the region above the ground
Example in sentence:
  • he threw the ball into the air;
  • her hand stopped in mid air
Meaning (6):
- the mass of air surrounding the Earth
Example in sentence:
  • it was exposed to the air;
  • there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere
Meaning (7):
- a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
Example in sentence:
  • she was humming an air from Beethoven
Meaning (8):
- medium for radio and television broadcasting
Example in sentence:
  • the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people;
  • the program was on the air from 9 til midnight
9 . air [ v]
Meaning (9):
- expose to fresh air
Example in sentence:
  • aerate your old sneakers
Meaning (10):
- expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
Example in sentence:
  • Air linen
Meaning (11):
- expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
Example in sentence:
  • air out the smoke-filled rooms;
  • air the old winter clothes
Meaning (12):
- make public
Example in sentence:
  • She aired her opinions on welfare
Meaning (13):
- be broadcast
Example in sentence:
  • This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.
Meaning (14):
- broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
Example in sentence:
  • We cannot air this X-rated song