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dead air

noun
1.
the loss or suspension of the video or audio signal during a television or radio transmission.
Origin of dead air
1940-1945
1940-45
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  • And through the dead air came ever the low moaning of a distant sea, towards which my feet did bear me.

    Thomas Wingfold, Curate George MacDonald
  • It was a dark day; the clouds hung low, and the dull rumble of the sea came through the dead air.

    The Deemster Hall Caine
  • Within the half-hour the night had grown oppressively hot and the dead air was like that of an oven.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • Taffy shrunk back, as a draught of the close, dead air struck his nostrils.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • All was dark and still inside, and a gust of dead air struck him in the face.

    Boy Scouts in the Northwest G. Harvey Ralphson
  • For the first time since the forest fires had begun to smoulder, the dead air took a sense of motion.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • They stopped pasturing, and the older bulls and cows sniffed the dead air as if they detected some strange menace upon it.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The last crack of a triphammer, peckering at a giant pile of iron down the112 block, dies out on the dead air.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • A piercing chill grew in the dead air; the silence was terrifying.

    In the Border Country Josephine Daskam Bacon
  • The last crack of a triphammer, peckering at a giant pile of iron down the block, dies out on the dead air.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
Slang definitions & phrases for dead air

dead air

noun phrase

A sudden and undesirable silence (1950s+ Broadcasting)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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