Associations to the word «Air»


AIR, noun. (uncountable) (historical) (astrology) (alchemy) (science) The atmospheric substance above the surface of the earth which animals breathe, formerly considered to be a single substance, one of the four basic elements of ancient philosophy and one of the five basic elements of several Eastern traditions.
AIR, noun. (uncountable) (physics) (meteorology) That substance, now understood as the mixture of gases comprising the earth's atmosphere.
AIR, noun. (usually with the) The apparently open space above the ground; the mass of this substance around the earth.
AIR, noun. A breeze; a gentle wind.
AIR, noun. A feeling or sense.
AIR, noun. A sense of poise, graciousness, or quality.
AIR, noun. (usually plural) Pretension; snobbishness; pretence that one is better than others.
AIR, noun. (music) A song, especially a solo; an aria.
AIR, noun. (informal) Nothing; absence of anything.
AIR, noun. An air conditioner or the processed air it produces. Can be a mass noun or a count noun depending on context; similar to hair.
AIR, noun. (obsolete) (chemistry) Any specific gas.
AIR, noun. (snowboarding) (skateboarding) (motor sports) A jump in which one becomes airborne.
AIR, verb. To bring (something) into contact with the air, so as to freshen or dry it.
AIR, verb. To let fresh air into a room or a building, to ventilate.
AIR, verb. To discuss varying viewpoints on a given topic.
AIR, verb. To broadcast, as with a television show.
AIR ADMITTANCE VENT, noun. (plumbing) a mechanical sewer vent that allows air to enter into the sewage system but does not allow exhaust of sewer gases, to aid the flow of sewage by providing air behind water, where a standard vent stack to atmosphere is not possible, by drawing in interior air but keeping harmful sewer gases contained.
AIR AMBULANCE, noun. An aircraft (especially a form of helicopter) equipped as an ambulance
AIR AMBULANCES, noun. Plural of air ambulance
AIR BAG, noun. Alternative spelling of airbag.
AIR BAGS, noun. Plural of air bag
AIR BALL, noun. (basketball) A thrown ball that misses the basket, and completely fails to touch the net or supporting hoop.
AIR BALL, noun. (hence) Any ball-like object that widely misses its intended target when thrown.
AIR BALLS, noun. Plural of air ball
AIR BASE, noun. Alternative spelling of airbase
AIR BASES, noun. Plural of air base
AIR BED, noun. A bed that is inflated with air and used as a permanent or temporary bed. They are adjustable, and sometimes portable.
AIR BEDS, noun. Plural of air bed
AIR BISCUIT, noun. A flatus; an emission of digestive gases from the anus.
AIR BLADDER, noun. An internal organ that fish use to control their buoyancy, allowing them to maintain or change depth by changing their density.
AIR BLADDERS, noun. Plural of air bladder
AIR BOUNCE, noun. (ultimate frisbee) A throw at a downward angle with an upward attitude causing the disc to descend during the beginning of the flight and then rise.
AIR BRAKE, noun. Alternative spelling of airbrake
AIR BRAKES, noun. Plural of air brake
AIR BRICK, noun. (architecture) A brick-sized block with holes which is embedded in a wall to allow ventilation through it.
AIR BRICKS, noun. Plural of air brick
AIR BRIDGE, noun. A link established by air transport between two points inaccessible by land; a continuing airlift.
AIR BRIDGES, noun. Plural of air bridge
AIR BRUSH, verb. Alternative spelling of airbrush
AIR BRUSH, noun. Alternative spelling of airbrush
AIR BUBBLE, noun. A small pocket of air inside a solid, a liquid or surrounded by a colloid within a larger fluid environment.
AIR BURST, noun. Alternative spelling of airburst
AIR BURSTS, noun. Plural of air burst
AIR CADET, noun. A member of the Air Cadet Organisation.
AIR CADETS, noun. Plural of air cadet
AIR CARGO, noun. The payload of an aircraft (not counting passengers).
AIR CARGO, noun. Cargo (freight) that is carried by air.
AIR CARRIER, noun. A company that provides air transport to the public for pay.
AIR CARRIERS, noun. Plural of air carrier
AIR CAV, proper noun. (informal) (military) Air cavalry
AIR CELL, noun. (biology) an air pocket at the bottom end of an egg formed from contraption of the egg's contents through loss of moisture and cooling from its initial filled state.
AIR CELLS, noun. Plural of air cell
AIR CHAMBER, noun. A chamber, in a hydraulic system, in which air (or some other gas) is compressed to regulate the flow of a fluid
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL, proper noun. The most senior rank active in the Royal Air Force.
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL, noun. Alternative letter-case form of air chief marshal (found when the term is used as a title).
AIR CLEANER, noun. Any device that filters or otherwise cleans air; an air purifier
AIR CLEANERS, noun. Plural of air cleaner
AIR COMMODORE, noun. Alternative letter-case form of air commodore (found when the term is used as a title).
AIR COMMODORE, noun. A rank in the Royal Air Force and many Commonwealth air forces, between that of group captain and air vice-marshal, equivalent to an army brigadier general, or equivalent rank in other air forces.
AIR COMMODORE, noun. An officer holding this rank.
AIR COMMODORES, noun. Plural of air commodore
AIR COMPRESSOR, noun. A machine for generating compressed air, typically for use by air-powered tools or paint sprayers.
AIR CONDITIONER, noun. A machine that is used to control temperature and humidity in an enclosed space.
AIR CONDITIONERS, noun. Plural of air conditioner
AIR CONDITIONING, verb. Alternative spelling of air-conditioning
AIR CONDITIONING, noun. The state of temperature and humidity produced by an air conditioner.
AIR CONDITIONING, noun. An air conditioner or system of air conditioners.
AIR CORRIDOR, noun. (aviation) A predefined route, or series of routes, in which a commercial or military aircraft must fly.
AIR CUSHION, noun. A layer of trapped air that supports a hovercraft
AIR CUSHION, noun. A shock absorber that uses an air chamber
AIR CUSHION, noun. A rubber or plastic inflatable cushion
AIR CUSHION VEHICLE, noun. Alternative form of air-cushion vehicle
AIR CUSHION VEHICLES, noun. Plural of air cushion vehicle
AIR CUSHIONS, noun. Plural of air cushion
AIR DE COUR, noun. A piece of secular vocal music popular in France in the late Renaissance and early Baroque period, from about 1570 until around 1650.
AIR DISPLAY, noun. An air show.
AIR DRAINAGE, noun. (physics) (meteorology) General term for gravity-induced, downslope flow of relatively cold air. Winds thus produced are called gravity winds.
AIR DRILL, noun. A drill driven by the elastic pressure of condensed air; a pneumatic drill.
AIR DRILLS, noun. Plural of air drill
AIR DU TEMPS, noun. Current popular opinion or trends of a very large group of people, a city or a country.
AIR DUCT, noun. A duct, through which air is forced or extracted, that forms part of a building's air conditioning and ventilation system.
AIR DUCTS, noun. Plural of air duct
AIR EMBOLISM, noun. (pathology) condition caused by bubbles of gas in a vascular system
AIR FILTER, noun. A filter for removing dust and other particles from a stream of air, typically used in the air intake of an internal combustion engine, the output of an air compressor, the supply duct of a forced-air furnace, etc.
AIR FILTERS, noun. Plural of air filter
AIR FLOW, noun. Alternative spelling of airflow
AIR FLOWS, noun. Plural of air flow
AIR FORCE, noun. A branch of the military mainly devoted to air warfare, as opposed to (land) army and navy
AIR FORCE, noun. A unit in the U.S. Air Force larger than a division but smaller than a command
AIR FORCE, proper noun. The United States Air Force.
AIR FORCE, proper noun. Sports teams representing the United States Air Force Academy.
AIR FORCES, noun. Plural of air force
AIR FOUNTAIN, noun. A device for producing a jet of water by the force of compressed air.
AIR FREIGHT, noun. Alternative form of airfreight.
AIR FREIGHT, noun. Another term for air cargo.
AIR FRESHENER, noun. Any of many forms of device containing substances that neutralize or mask unpleasant odours.
AIR FRESHENERS, noun. Plural of air freshener
AIR GAP, noun. (computing) (Internet) A network security measure that consists of ensuring that a secure computer network is physically isolated from unsecured networks, such as the public Internet or an unsecured local area network.
AIR GAP, noun. Alternative spelling of airgap
AIR GAPS, noun. Plural of air gap
AIR GAS, noun. A kind of gas made by forcing air through a volatile hydrocarbon, such as the lighter petroleums. The air is so saturated with combustible vapour as to be a convenient illuminating and heating agent.
AIR GUITAR, noun. An imaginary guitar that a listener to (usually rock) music pretends to play.
AIR GUITAR, verb. (intransitive) To mime the action of playing a guitar.
AIR GUITARED, verb. Simple past tense and past participle of air guitar
AIR GUITARING, verb. Present participle of air guitar
AIR GUITARIST, noun. Someone who plays the air guitar.
AIR GUITARISTS, noun. Plural of air guitarist
AIR GUITARS, noun. Plural of air guitar
AIR GUN, noun. A gun that propels a projectile by compressed air.
AIR GUNS, noun. Plural of air gun
AIR HOCKEY, noun. (games) A game, played upon a table which lightly spurts air out of various holes on its surface in order to reduce friction, where each player must hit a light flat plastic puck into their opponent's goal using their own plastic mallet.
AIR HOLE, noun. A hole in any surface that allows air or other gases to pass, especially an opening in the surface of a frozen lake etc.
AIR HOLE, noun. An air pocket.
AIR HOLE, noun. The blowhole of a whale.
AIR HOLES, noun. Plural of air hole
AIR HOSTESS, noun. A female flight attendant.
AIR INTAKE, noun. The part of an engine, especially a jet engine, through which air is drawn
AIR JACKET, noun. A jacket with airtight cells, or cavities which can be filled with air, to make the wearer buoyant when swimming.
AIR JACKETS, noun. Plural of air jacket
AIR KERMA RATE, noun. The air kerma per unit time.
AIR KISS, noun. A social gesture in which the lips are pursed as if kissing, but without actual contact.
AIR LANE, noun. A designated route used by commercial aircraft when flying from one airport to another.
AIR LANES, noun. Plural of air lane
AIR LETTER, noun. An aerogram; a letter sent by airmail.
AIR LETTERS, noun. Plural of air letter
AIR LEVEL, noun. A spirit level.
AIR LEVELS, noun. Plural of air level
AIR LOAN, noun. (finance) A mortgage loan which is taken out by a fictitious buyer or for a fictitious property, or both.
AIR LOANS, noun. Plural of air loan
AIR MAIL, noun. Mail transported by aircraft.
AIR MARSHAL, noun. Alternative letter-case form of air marshal (found when the term is used as a title).
AIR MARSHAL, noun. (US) (law enforcement) An armed, undercover guard on a commercial-airline flight.
AIR MARSHAL, noun. (British) (Australia) (New Zealand) (Canada) (military) A military rank between that of air vice-marshal and air chief marshal, equivalent to an army lieutenant general.
AIR MARSHALS, noun. Plural of Air Marshal
AIR MARSHALS, noun. Plural of air marshal
AIR MASS, noun. (meteorology) A particular volume of air, especially one having a roughly uniform temperature, pressure and water vapour content. [from 19th c.]
AIR MATTRESS, noun. A mattress that is inflated with air, and used as a temporary or permanent bed.
AIR MILE, noun. A unit of distance for air transport; equal to a nautical mile.
AIR NAVIGATION, noun. The science and technology of determining the position of an aircraft with respect to the surface of the earth and accurately maintaining a desired course
AIR OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To expose to air; to leave open or spread out, as to allow odor or moisture to dissipate.
AIR OUT, verb. (by extension) To discuss in the open.
AIR PARCEL, noun. (physics) (meteorology) An imaginary body of air to which may be assigned any or all of the basic dynamic and thermodynamic properties of atmospheric air. A parcel is large enough to contain a very great number of molecules, but small enough so that the properties assigned to it are approximately uniform within it and so that its motions with respect to the surrounding atmosphere do not induce marked compensatory movements. It cannot be given precise numerical definition, but a cubic foot of air might fit well into most contexts where air parcels are discussed, particularly those related to static stability.
AIR PARCELS, noun. Plural of air parcel
AIR PHOTO, noun. Abbreviation of aerial photograph.
AIR PHOTO, noun. Abbreviation of aerial photography.
AIR PIRACY, noun. Hijacking of an aircraft.
AIR PIRATE, noun. A person involving in air piracy.
AIR PIRATES, noun. Plural of air pirate
AIR PISTOL, noun. A pistol that propels a pellet or other projectile by using compressed gas, rather than an explosion of gunpowder or other means.
AIR PISTOLS, noun. Plural of air pistol
AIR PLANT, noun. Epiphyte
AIR PLANTS, noun. Plural of air plant
AIR POCKET, noun. A local region of low atmospheric pressure, or a local downward current; especially one that causes an aircraft to lose height suddenly
AIR POCKETS, noun. Plural of air pocket
AIR POLLUTANT, noun. Any substance that gives rise to air pollution
AIR POLLUTION, noun. The contamination of the atmosphere by noxious gases and particulates.
AIR POTATO, noun. A yam species, Dioscorea bulbifera.
AIR POTATOES, noun. Plural of air potato
AIR PRESSURE, noun. Atmospheric pressure
AIR PUMP, noun. A pump that moves air either into, or out of, something.
AIR PUMPS, noun. Plural of air pump
AIR PUNCH, noun. Direct a fist upward in a display of celebration.
AIR PUNCHES, noun. Plural of air punch
AIR PURIFIER, noun. A device used to remove contaminants from the air.
AIR QUOTE, noun. (mostly plural) A hand gesture resembling a quotation mark.
AIR QUOTES, noun. The movement of a speaker's fingers in the air to represent quotation marks.
AIR RAGE, noun. (idiomatic) Disruptive behaviour on an aircraft.
AIR RAID, noun. An attack on a surface target by aircraft.
AIR RAID SIREN, noun. A siren that makes a very loud alarm sound to warn the population of an upcoming danger; usually an air raid or a tornado.
AIR RAID SIRENS, noun. Plural of air raid siren
AIR RAIDS, noun. Plural of air raid
AIR RESISTANCE, noun. The action of friction that slows something moving through air.
AIR RIDE, noun. (transport) The smooth ride in a vehicle resulting from an active pneumatic suspension system, instead of springs or a hydraulic system.
AIR RIDE, noun. (transport) An active pneumatic suspension system for a vehicle.
AIR RIFLE, noun. A rifle that propels a pellet or other projectile by using compressed gas, rather than an explosion of gunpowder or other means.
AIR RIFLES, noun. Plural of air rifle
AIR RIGHTS, noun. The right to build over an existing property.
AIR RIGHTS, noun. The right to fly over a certain territory.
AIR SCOOTER, noun. An ultralight helicopter.
AIR SCOOTERS, noun. Plural of air scooter
AIR SEA RESCUE, proper noun. An emergency service, often operated by a branch of the armed forces that serves to rescue people at sea, or stranded on a coast, normally with the use of helicopters
AIR SHAFT, noun. A vertical (or near vertical) shaft that supplies ventilation to a tunnel or other underground facility
AIR SHED, noun. A region's air supply.
AIR SHED, noun. The region supplied by a source of air.
AIR SHEDS, noun. Plural of air shed
AIR SHIP, verb. To transport goods by air.
AIR SHIPS, verb. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of air ship
AIR SHOW, noun. A public display of stunt flying, aerobatics, and historical aircraft.
AIR SHOWER, noun. An extensive cascade of ionized particles formed by the entry of a cosmic ray into the atmosphere
AIR SHOWS, noun. Plural of air show
AIR SIGN, noun. (astrology) Any of the three star signs Aquarius, Gemini or Libra.
AIR SIGNS, noun. Plural of air sign
AIR SOCK, noun. Alternative term for windsock
AIR SPACE, noun. Alternative spelling of airspace
AIR SPACES, noun. Plural of air space
AIR SPORT, noun. Any recreational activity performed in flight or during freefall from a flight through the atmosphere.
AIR SPORTS, noun. Plural of air sport
AIR STOVE, noun. A stove for heating a current of air which is directed against its surface by means of pipes and then distributed through a building.
AIR STOVES, noun. Plural of air stove
AIR STRIKE, noun. (military) An attack on a ground or naval target by one or more aircraft or missiles.
AIR STRIKES, noun. Plural of air strike
AIR SUPERIORITY, noun. (warfare) A dominance in the air power of one side's air forces over the other side's during a military campaign. It is defined in the NATO Glossary as "That degree of dominance in the air battle of one force over another that permits the conduct of operations by the former and its related land, sea, and air forces at a given time and place without prohibitive interference by the opposing force."
AIR SUPPORT, noun. The act of using aircraft to attack an enemy to assist ground military forces.
AIR SUPREMACY, noun. In a war, the most favorable state of control of the air. It is defined by NATO and the United States Department of Defense as "that degree of air superiority wherein the opposing air force is incapable of effective interference."
AIR SUSPENSION, noun. Vehicle suspension in which compressed air is used as a spring.
AIR TANKER, noun. Aircraft used to deliver liquids (or powders) from the air, usually either fuel, fire-retardants, or water.
AIR TANKERS, noun. Plural of air tanker
AIR TAXI, noun. A small aircraft that makes short passenger flights, especially to destinations not serviced by airlines.
AIR TAXIS, noun. Plural of air taxi
AIR TERMINAL, noun. The facility on an airfield or airport where aircraft are loaded and unloaded of passengers or freight
AIR TERMINALS, noun. Plural of air terminal
AIR TICKET, noun. A pass entitling the holder to travel in an aeroplane.
AIR TICKETS, noun. Plural of air ticket
AIR TIGHT, adjective. Alternative form of airtight
AIR TIME, noun. Alternative form of airtime
AIR TIME, noun. The period of freefall after jumping.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, noun. A system designed to give assistance to aircraft, to prevent collisions and to manage aircraft flow.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER, noun. A person who operates an air traffic control system, to expedite the safe flow of aircraft.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, noun. Plural of air traffic controller
AIR TRAVEL, noun. Journeying through the sky, usually in an aeroplane.
AIR TURBOROCKET, noun. A jet engine where a gas generator drives the turbine that drives the inlet compressor
AIR VENT, noun. An opening, possibly covered by a grate or grill, possibly ducted, that allows air to circulate.
AIR VICE MARSHAL, noun. Alternative form of Air Vice-Marshal
AIR VICE MARSHALS, noun. Plural of Air Vice Marshal
AIR VICE-MARSHAL, noun. A rank in the Royal Air Force, between that of air commodore and air marshal, equivalent to an army major general.
AIR VICE-MARSHAL, noun. Alternative letter-case form of air vice-marshal (found when the term is used as a title).
AIR VICE-MARSHALS, noun. Plural of air vice-marshal
AIR VICE-MARSHALS, noun. Plural of Air Vice-Marshal
AIR WING, noun. A military or police unit that is equipped with aircraft

Dictionary definition

AIR, noun. A mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of; "air pollution"; "a smell of chemicals in the air"; "open a window and let in some air"; "I need some fresh air".
AIR, noun. The region above the ground; "her hand stopped in mid air"; "he threw the ball into the air".
AIR, noun. A distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing; "an air of mystery"; "the house had a neglected air"; "an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters"; "the place had an aura of romance".
AIR, noun. A slight wind (usually refreshing); "the breeze was cooled by the lake"; "as he waited he could feel the air on his neck".
AIR, noun. The mass of air surrounding the Earth; "there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"; "it was exposed to the air".
AIR, noun. Once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles).
AIR, noun. A succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven".
AIR, noun. 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".
AIR, noun. Travel via aircraft; "air travel involves too much waiting in airports"; "if you've time to spare go by air".
AIR, verb. Expose to fresh air; "aerate your old sneakers".
AIR, verb. Be broadcast; "This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.".
AIR, verb. Broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; "We cannot air this X-rated song".
AIR, verb. Make public; "She aired her opinions on welfare".
AIR, verb. Expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry; "Air linen".
AIR, verb. Expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen; "air the old winter clothes"; "air out the smoke-filled rooms".

Wise words

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