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air

noun

1 air

A mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of.

Roget 448: appearance, phenomenon, sight, spectacle, show, premonstration, scene, species, view, coup d'oeil [Fr.]; lookout, outlook, prospect, vista, ... show more

Roget 359: life, vitality, viability; animation; vital spark, vital flame, soul, spirit.    respiration, wind; breath of life, breath of one's nostrils; oxygen, air.    ... show more

Roget 334: gaseity; vaporousness etc. adj.; flatulence, flatulency; volatility; aeration, aerification.    elastic fluid, gas, air, vapor, ether, ... show more

Roget 320: levity; lightness etc. adj.; imponderability, buoyancy, volatility.    feather, dust, mote, down, thistle, down, flue, ... show more

Roget 4: unsubstantiality, insubstantiality; nothingness, nihility; no degree, no part, no quantity, no thing.    nothing, naught, nil, nullity, zero, cipher, ... show more

Roget 852: fashion, style, ton, bon ton, society; good society, polite society; monde [Fr.]; drawing-room, civilized life, civilization, town, beau monde [Fr.], high life, ... show more

Dutch: air, leegte, leemte, lucht
Polish: powietrze



2 air

The region above the ground.

3 air

A distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing:
— An air of mystery.
— The house had a neglected air.

synonyms: atmosphere, aura.

Roget 338: air etc. (gas) 334; common air, atmospheric air; atmosphere; aerosphere.    open air; sky, welkin; blue sky; cloud etc. ... show more

Dutch: astraallichaam, aura

4 air

A slight wind (usually refreshing):
— As he waited he could feel the air on his neck.

synonyms: breeze, gentle wind, zephyr.

Roget 349: wind, draught, flatus, afflatus, efflation, eluvium; air; breath, breath of air; puff, whiff, zephyr; blow, breeze, ... show more

Dutch: bries, zefier
Polish: wietrzyk, wicherek, zefir, wiaterek

5 air

The mass of air surrounding the Earth:
— It was exposed to the air.

synonym: atmosphere.

Dutch: aardatmosfeer, luchten, uitluchten, ventileren, verluchten
Polish: atmosfera, atmosfera ziemska

6 air

Once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles).

7 air

A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence:
— She was humming an air from Beethoven.

synonyms: line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune.

Roget 415: music; concert; strain, tune, air; melody etc. 413; aria, arietta; piece of music [Fr.], work, number, opus; ... show more

Dutch: kant, lijn, melodie, zangwijs
Polish: melodia

8 air

Medium for radio and television broadcasting:
— The program was on the air from 9 til midnight.
— The president used the airwaves to take his message to the people.

synonym: airwave.

Dutch: Airwave, uitzenden

9 air

Travel via aircraft:
— Air travel involves too much waiting in airports.
— If you've time to spare go by air.

synonyms: air travel, aviation.

Dutch: aviatiek, luchtvaart, luchtvaartverkeer, luchtverkeer, vliegerij, vliegtuigbouw, vliegverkeer

verb

1 air

Expose to fresh air.

synonyms: aerate, air out.

2 air

Be broadcast.

3 air

Broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television:
— We cannot air this X-rated song.

synonyms: beam, broadcast, send, transmit.

Roget 689: brace etc. (strengthen) 159; reinvigorate; air, freshen up, refresh, recruit; repair etc. (restore) 660; fan, ... show more

Dutch: uitzenden

4 air

Make public:
— She aired her opinions on welfare.

synonyms: bare, publicise, publicize.

5 air

Expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry.

Dutch: drogen, luchten, ventileren

6 air

Expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen:
— Air the old winter clothes.
— Air out the smoke-filled rooms.

synonyms: air out, vent, ventilate.

Roget 338: air, ventilate, fan etc. (wind) 349.   

Roget 66: begin, start, commence; conceive, open, dawn, set in, take its rise, enter upon, enter; set out etc. (depart) ... show more

Dutch: verluchten


Moby thesaurus: CAT, Caelus, action, actions, activity, acts, address, advertise, aerate, aerodynamics, aerospace, aerosphere, affectation, air, air hole, air out, air pocket, air-condition, air-cool, airify ... show more.

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