|1.||the mixture of gases that forms the earth's atmosphere. At sea level dry air has a density of 1.226 kilograms per cubic metre and consists of 78.08 per cent nitrogen, 20.95 per cent oxygen, 0.93 per cent argon, 0.03 per cent carbon dioxide, with smaller quantities of ozone and inert gases; water vapour varies between 0 and 4 per cent and in industrial areas sulphur gases may be present as pollutants|
|2.||the space above and around the earth; skyRelated: aerial|
|3.||breeze; slight wind|
|4.||public expression; utterance: to give air to one's complaints|
|5.||a distinctive quality: an air of mystery|
|6.||a person's distinctive appearance, manner, or bearing|
|a. a simple tune for either vocal or instrumental performance|
|b. another word for aria|
|8.||transportation in aircraft (esp in the phrase by air)|
|9.||breath breath an archaic word for breath|
|10.||informal (Austral) the height gained when getting airborne in surfing, snowboarding, etc|
|11.||clear the air to rid a situation of tension or discord by settling misunderstandings, etc|
|12.||slang give someone the air to reject or dismiss someone|
|13.||in the air|
|a. in circulation; current|
|b. in the process of being decided; unsettled|
|14.||into thin air leaving no trace behind|
|15.||off the air not in the act of broadcasting or being broadcast on radio or television|
|16.||on the air in the act of broadcasting or being broadcast on radio or television|
|17.||out of thin air, from thin air suddenly and unexpectedly|
|18.||take the air to go out of doors, as for a short walk or ride|
|19.||up in the air|
|b. informal agitated or excited|
|20.||walk on air to feel elated or exhilarated|
|21.||(modifier) astrology earth fire Compare water of or relating to a group of three signs of the zodiac, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius|
|22.||to expose or be exposed to the air so as to cool or freshen; ventilate: to air a room|
|23.||to expose or be exposed to warm or heated air so as to dry: to air linen|
|24.||(tr) to make known publicly; display; publicize: to air one's opinions|
|25.||(intr) (of a television or radio programme) to be broadcast|
|[C13: via Old French and Latin from Greek aēr the lower atmosphere]|
|All India Radio|
A colorless, odorless, tasteless, gaseous mixture, approximately 78 percent nitrogen and approximately 21 percent oxygen with lesser amounts of argon, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, neon, helium, and other gases.
This mixture, with varying amounts of moisture and particulate matter, enveloping Earth; the atmosphere.
Any of various respiratory gases. No longer in technical use.
|air (âr) Pronunciation Key
The colorless, odorless, tasteless mixture of gases that surrounds the Earth. Air consists of about 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen, with the remaining part made up mainly of argon, carbon dioxide, neon, helium, methane, and krypton in decreasing order of volume. Air also contains varying amounts of water vapor, particulate matter such as dust and soot, and chemical pollutants.
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Aerometric Information Retrieval System
the atmosphere, as opposed to the higher regions of the sky (1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 9:2; 16:17). This word occurs once as the rendering of the Hebrew _ruah_ (Job 41:16); elsewhere it is the rendering of _shamaiyim_, usually translated "heavens." The expression "to speak into the air" (1 Cor. 14:9) is a proverb denoting to speak in vain, as to "beat the air" (1 Cor. 9:26) denotes to labour in vain.