aerial

[adj. air-ee-uhl, ey-eer-ee-uhl; n. air-ee-uhl]
adjective
1.
of, in, or produced by the air: aerial currents.
2.
inhabiting or frequenting the air: aerial creatures.
3.
operating on a track or cable elevated above the ground: an aerial ski lift up the mountainside.
4.
reaching far into the air; high; lofty: aerial spires.
5.
partaking of the nature of air; airy.
6.
unsubstantial; visionary: aerial fancies.
7.
having a light and graceful beauty; ethereal: aerial music.
8.
Biology. growing in the air, as the adventitious roots of some trees.
9.
pertaining to or used for, against, or in aircraft.
10.
supplied or performed by means of aircraft: aerial support; aerial reconnaissance.
noun
11.
a radio or television antenna.
12.
Football. forward pass.

Origin:
1595–1605; 1900–05 for def 11; < Latin āeri(us) of the air (< Greek āérios, equivalent to āer- (stem of āḗr air1) + -ios adj. suffix) + -al1

aerially, adverb
aerialness, noun
superaerial, adjective
superaerially, adverb
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aerial (ˈɛərɪəl)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or resembling air
2.  existing, occurring, moving, or operating in the air: aerial cable car; aerial roots of a plant
3.  ethereal; light and delicate
4.  imaginary; visionary
5.  extending high into the air; lofty
6.  of or relating to aircraft: aerial combat
 
n
7.  Also called: antenna the part of a radio or television system having any of various shapes, such as a dipole, Yagi, long-wire, or vertical aerial, by means of which radio waves are transmitted or received
 
[C17: via Latin from Greek aērios, from aēr air]

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aerial
c.1600, from L. ærius "airy," from Gk. aerios "of the air, pertaining to air," from aer "air" + adj. suffix -al. The noun is 1902 (short for aerial antenna, etc.).
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Example sentences
The aerial can be adjusted to the frequency of those signals by lengthening or
  shortening the spout.
Continued advances in unmanned aerial vehicle technology have profound
  implications regarding the nature of modern warfare.
Its size is better seen on a map or from an aerial photograph.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are being tested for all kinds of future applications
  to help law enforcement, as well as the military.
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