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spoken English29.76%written English70.24% imaginative writing63.28%informational writing36.72%

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Air is sometimes a misspelling of ere.

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Definition of the noun air

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noun - plural: airs

  1. a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of
    • examples: air pollution | a smell of chemicals in the air | open a window and let in some air | I need some fresh air
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: gas = a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely
    • more specific terms:
      • breath = the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration
      • hot air = air that has been heated and tends to rise
      • liquid air = air in a liquid state
    • substance of: air current / current of air / wind = air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
    • substances:
      • atomic number 18 / argon / Ar = a colorless and odorless inert gas; one of the six inert gases
      • atomic number 36 / krypton / Kr = a colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses
      • atomic number 10 / neon / Ne = a colorless odorless gaseous element that give a red glow in a vacuum tube; one of the six inert gasses
      • atomic number 7 / nitrogen / N = a common nonmetallic element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless inert diatomic gas; constitutes 78 percent of the atmosphere by volume
      • atomic number 8 / oxygen / O = a nonmetallic bivalent element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless nonflammable diatomic gas; constitutes 21 percent of the atmosphere by volume
      • atomic number 54 / xenon / Xe = a colorless odorless inert gaseous element occurring in the earth's atmosphere in trace amounts
  2. the region above the ground
    • examples: her hand stopped in mid air | he threw the ball into the air
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic words: part / region = the extended spatial location of something
  3. a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
    • examples: an air of mystery | the house had a neglected air
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of air: atmosphere / aura
    • more generic word: quality = an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    • more specific words:
      • mystique = an aura of heightened value or interest or meaning surrounding a person or thing
      • note = a characteristic emotional quality
      • vibration / vibe = a distinctive emotional aura experienced instinctively
  4. a slight wind (usually refreshing)
  5. the mass of air surrounding the Earth
    • example: it was exposed to the air
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of air: atmosphere
    • more generic words: part / region = the extended spatial location of something
    • more specific word: airspace = the atmosphere above a nation that is deemed to be under its jurisdiction
    • part of: earth / globe / world = the 3rd planet from the sun
    • parts:
  6. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
    • usage: archaicism / archaism
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: element = one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe
  7. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
  8. medium for radio and television broadcasting
    • example: the program was on the air from 9 til midnight
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of air: airwave
    • more generic word: medium = an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication
  9. travel via aircraft
    • examples: air travel involves too much waiting in airports | if you've time to spare go by air
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of air: air travel / aviation
    • more generic words: travel / traveling / travelling = the act of going from one place to another
    • more specific words: flight / flying = an instance of traveling by air

Alternative definition of the noun air


  1. [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 Eastern traditions.
  2. [uncountable, physics, meteorology] Now understood as the mixture of gases comprising the earth's atmosphere.
  3. [usually, with the] The apparently open space above the ground; the mass of this substance around the earth.
  4. A feeling or sense.
  5. [obsolete] A sense of poise, graciousness, or quality.
  6. [context: usually plural] Pretension; snobbishness; pretence that one is better than others.
  7. [music] A song, especially a solo; an aria.
  8. [informal] Nothing; absence of anything.
  9. [uncountable] An air conditioner or the processed air it produces.
  10. [obsolete, chemistry] Any specific gas.
  11. [snowboarding, skateboarding] A jump in which one becomes airborne.

Specialised definition of the noun air

Glossary of sports / basketball

the distance between the ground and a player's feet when shooting or jumping for the ball (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • usage: slang

Glossary of sports / freestyle skiing

a jump and flight during which the skier performs acrobatic moves in both moguls and aerials. Two airs are required during each mogul run

Glossary of sports / inline skating

a trick performed with both the skates off the ground (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / skateboard

a trick performed with the whole board off the ground (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / snowboarding

a trick performed with the whole board off the ground (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / surfing

any move in which the surfer is in the air (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb air

What does air mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: aired | airing | airs

  1. expose to fresh air
  2. be broadcast
  3. broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
  4. make public
  5. expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
    • example: Air linen
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: dry / dry out = remove the moisture from and make dry
  6. expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen
    • examples: air the old winter clothes | air out the smoke-filled rooms
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of air: air out / vent / ventilate
    • more generic words: freshen / refresh = make (to feel) fresh

Alternative definition of the verb air


  1. To bring (something) into contact with the air, so as to freshen or dry it.
  2. To let fresh air into a room or a building, to ventilate.
  3. To discuss varying viewpoints on a given topic.
  4. To broadcast, as with a television show.


  1. Air is a music duo from Versailles, France, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel.
    • also known as Air French Band, Aïr, Air (French Band), Rainbow Brothers
    • members:
    • member of musical groups:
    • genres: Downtempo, Trip hop, Electronica, Electronic music, Pop music, Ambient music, Electronic dance music, Chill-out music, New Wave, Film score, Space rock, Dream pop
    • albums: "Le soleil est près de moi", "Premiers Symptômes", "Moon Safari", "Sexy Boy", "Kelly Watch the Stars", "All I Need", "Playground Love", "The Virgin Suicides", "10 000 Hz Legend", "Everybody Hertz", "Deck Safari, Part One" (disc 2), "Talkie walkie", "Surfing on a Rocket EP", "Cherry Blossom Girl", "1998-10-29: Poetic Sculptures, Berlin, Germany", "Alpha Beta Gaga", "Don't Be Light", "Modulor Mix", "Radio #1", "Surfing on a Rocket", "Mer du Japon", "Once Upon a Time", "Pocket Symphony", "Late Night Tales: Air", "Love 2", "Do the Joy", "Casanova 70", "So Light Is Her Footfall", "City Reading (Tre Storie Western)", "Le voyage dans la lune", "Parade", "Sing Sang Sung", "Seven Stars", "Music for Museum"
    • nomination:
      • nominated to Brit Award for International Group
      • nominated to Brit Award for International Breakthrough Act
    • official website:
  2. Air a.k.a. Namlook: Pete Namlook was an ambient and electronic-music producer and composer. In 1992, he founded the German record label FAX +49-69/450464, which he oversaw. Inspired by the music of Eberhard Weber, Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chopin, Wendy Carlos, Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd, he also composed his own albums.
  3. AIR is a name under which Kōji Kurumatani releases his songs. He started AIR two months after SPIRAL LIFE broke up in April 1996. His music is often an inspiration for other artists, and his work is noted for lyrics that take on social issues and politics and can be classified as alternative rock.
    • also known as Kurumatani Koji, Kōji Kurumatani
    • born on (43 years ago)
    • nationality: Japan
    • profession: Musician, record producer
    • read more about AIR (musical artist)
  4. Air a.k.a. Pumwaree Yodkamol is a Thai film and television actress. She co-starred in Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, portraying Muay Lek alongside Tony Jaa. Other roles include The Bodyguard, where she played Pok, and Pisaj, in the role of Oui.
  5. Air a.k.a. Airrion Copeland is a film producer, writer and film director.

There are other people with in their name, like Air-Knee, Glen Air, Vast Air, Air Paris, Donna Air, Teddy Air, Air Jordan, Air in Kyoto, Air Force Amy, Freya Air Aspinall and many others.


  1. Air was an American jazz and rock band. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1971 on Embryo Records. The four core band members were Tom Coppola, John Siegler, Mark Rosengarden, and Googie Coppola. The album also featured Randy Brecker on trumpet, Michael Brecker on saxophone, Barry Rogers on trombone, David Earle Johnson on congas and timbales, Robert Kogel on guitar, Bob Rosengarden on vibes, plus Jan Hammer and Herbie Mann on percussion. Herbie Mann was also the producer.
  2. Air was a free jazz trio founded in 1971 by saxophone player, Henry Threadgill, double bassist, Fred Hopkins, and drummer, Steve McCall. They combined radical free improvisation with a strong sense of tune and equal emphasis on each instrument in the group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Air Cav, Don Air, Sea air, Air Band, Air Cuba, Air Five, Air Frog, Air Laut, Air Race, Jane Air, open-air, Rare Air, Air Dubai, Air Miami, Air Waves, Fresh Air, Japan Air, Air France, Air Pocket and Air Review.


"Air", also known as Air: Or, Have Not Have, is a 2005 novel by Geoff Ryman. It won the British Science Fiction Association Award, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and was on the short list for the Philip K. Dick Award in 2004, the Nebula Award in 2005, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2006.

  • also known as "Air (or, Have Not Have)"; "Air, or, Have not have"; Air: Or, Have Not Have; Aire/ Air
  • language: English Language
  • genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative fiction
  • copyright: 2004-09
  • released in (11 years ago)
  • some of the awards:


  1. "Air" is a 2005 Japanese anime drama film directed by Osamu Dezaki and written by Makoto Nakamura based on the visual novel Air by Key. Originally, the film was set for a release date in autumn 2004, but was delayed; the film finally premiered in Japanese theaters on February 5, 2005. The film, animated by Toei Animation, is a reinterpretation of the original Air storyline which centers on the story arc of the female lead Misuzu Kamio. Yukito Kunisaki arrives in the town of Kami for a chance to earn money at the summer festival and meets Misuzu on his first day in town. They soon become friends and a story one thousand years old begins to unfold.
  2. "Air" a.k.a. "Northeast" is a 2005 Argentina-French drama-thriller film directed by Juan Diego Solanas. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
  3. "Air" is a 2009 short drama film written and directed by Luke Davies.
  4. "Air" is a 2014 Sci-Fi, Short, Drama film written by Philip Booth and directed by Emma Maclennan.
  5. "Air" a.k.a. "Air: The Musical" is an independent feature film directed by Jeremy Osbern. The movie received screenings in 2007 and 2008, and was officially released to DVD on 6 April 2010. AIR: The Musical was filmed and produced in Lawrence, Kansas between the years of 2004 and 2008.
  6. "Air" a.k.a. "Vâyu" is a 1994 documentary film directed by Velu Viswanadhan.
  7. "Air" a.k.a. "Air!" is a 1972 short animation documentary film directed by Paul Driessen.


"Air" is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Key released on September 8, 2000 for Windows PCs. Key later released versions of Air without the erotic content, and the game was ported to the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. The story follows the life of Yukito Kunisaki, a traveling showman searching for the "girl in the sky". He arrives in a quiet, seaside town where he meets three girls, one of whom is the key to the end of his journey.

  • also known as แอร์ (อะนิเมะ)
  • developer: Key
  • genres: Fantasy, Visual novel, Eroge, Adventure game, Sex and nudity in video games
  • publishers: VisualArt's, Interchannel, Prototype
  • released on (14 years ago)


  1. "Air" a painting created by Flemish painter Jan van Kessel and was painted around the year 1647. It is a part of the permanent collection at the Flint Institute of Arts.
  2. "Air" is a lead or bronze sculpture, by Aristide Maillol.
    • completed in (77 years ago)


  1. "Air" is the debut album of the band Agua de Annique formed by the former The Gathering vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen. The album is a pop/rock oriented album and was released in 2007. Anneke van Giersbergen also plays piano on the album.
  2. "Air" is a musical album of Claude Debussy, Tōru Takemitsu, Yolanda Kondonassis.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  3. "AIR" is a composition.
    • also known as 鳥の詩 (off vocal), 鳥の詩 -Short Ver-, 鳥の詩 (short version), TORINO UTA, Tori no Uta (short version)
    • music by Shinji Orito
    • lyrics by Jun Maeda
  4. "Air" is an album by Cecil Taylor recorded for the Candid label in October 1960. The album features performances by Taylor with Archie Shepp, Buell Neidlinger, Denis Charles and Sunny Murray on alternate takes of material released on The World of Cecil Taylor. The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick states "One can only imagine what the reaction of the average jazz fan was in 1960 when this session was recorded. This is a wonderful document from early in Taylor's career, when he was midway between modernist approaches to standard material and his own radical experiments that would come to full fruition a few years hence... A classic recording that belongs in anyone's collection".
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (27 years ago)
  5. "Air" is a song by American singer-songwriter Tyson Ritter of the rock band The All-American Rejects, released as a solo song on November 5, 2013.
  6. "Air" a.k.a. "Air I" is a musical album of Namlook.


  1. Air is a steel flying roller coaster located in the Forbidden Valley area of Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England. It was the first flying rollercoaster in the world and was manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard. Guests ride in a prone position and experience the feeling of flight by "flying" close to the ground, under footpaths, and narrowly past trees and rocks. The 840-metre-long ride reaches a top speed of 75 kilometres per hour.
  2. Air a.k.a. Aripuanã Airport is the airport serving Aripuanã, Brazil.

There are other places with in their name, like Air Zoo, Bel Air, Bel-Air, Bon Air, Bon-Air, Sea air, Air Itam, Air force, Air Papan, Air Ronge, Air-Force, Bouc Bel Air, Bouc-Bel-Air, Hann Bel-Air, Basa Air Base, Bel Air Acres, Bon Air Manor, Hahn Air Base, Air Force Area.


  1. Air is often seen as a universal power or pure substance. Its supposed fundamental importance to life can be seen in words such as aspire, inspire, perspire and spirit, all derived from the Latin spirare.
  2. Air a.k.a. The atmosphere of Earth is a layer of gases surrounding the planet Earth that is retained by Earth's gravity. The atmosphere protects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation, warming the surface through heat retention, and reducing temperature extremes between day and night.
  3. Air, a variant of the musical song form, is the name of various song-like vocal or instrumental compositions, and can also be applied to the interchangeable melodies of folk songs and ballads.
  4. AIR is a 2,000 capacity superclub located in Digbeth, Birmingham in England. AIR originally started out life as a spray shop for buses, when in 2000 the building was bought by Godskitchen and converted into a club, originally named CODE. In 2003, CODE had a complete refit and was renamed AIR, with an extra room of music being added to the two already in use. The club features state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and in addition to Saturday nights Godskitchen AIR has hosted parties by Helter Skelter, Babooshka, Polysexual, Raveology, Hardcore Til I Die & Atomic Jam.
  5. Air was an ongoing comic book series published by DC Comics as part of the Vertigo imprint. It was created by writer G. Willow Wilson and artist M. K. Perker.
  6. AIR is a program suite for volume-based image registration constructed by Roger P. Woods from UCLA School of Medicine. It reads and writes Analyze volume files and can work with 4x4 transformation matrices stored in its own file format with the filename extension “air”.
  7. Air is a drug, drug ingredient.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Air

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Google previewA Dictionary of Terms Used in Medicine and the Collateral Sciences (1844)

by Richard Dennis Hoblyn

Rarefied air is that which is expanded, or less dense than usual. 2. Condensed...

Google previewAtmosphere and Weather (1998)

by Karen Kwitter, Steven Souza

Activities covered: The state we're in: Air is a gas!

Google previewHow to Create Positive Energy in Your Space (2016)

Transmute Discordant Energy and Activate Light and Positive Energy in Your Home and Environment by Kasi Kaye Iliopoulos

Air is the first of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It is often seen as a universal...

Google previewThe Elements of Hydrostatics: with their application to the solution of problems, etc (1827)

by Miles BLAND

Air is an elastic fluid, the density of which at a given temperature is proportional to the compressing force. 1. Air is a fluid ; since it yields to the smallest inequality of pressure, and its parts are easily moved amongst themselves. do 2. It is elastic.

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, 3rd Edition (2006)

by Denise Zimmerman, Denise Zimmermann, Katherine Gleason

* Air is a masculine Element, cool and dry; the color is yellow and its direction is East.

Google previewAyurveda (1984)

The Science of Self-healing : a Practical Guide by Vasant Lad

Space in movement is called Air. Air is the second cosmic element, the element of movement.

Google previewThe Crucial Revelation of Life in the Scriptures (1996)

by Witness Lee

Air is the first item of importance in the maintenance of life, water is second, and food is third. A person can fast without eating or drinking, but not without breathing. If we graduate from breathing, we graduate from life and die. We have seen ...

Google previewThe Newtonian system of philosophy (1812)

explained by familiar objects, in an entertaining manner, for the use of young persons by Tom Telescope

The air is a light, thin, elastic or springy body, which may be felt but not seen; it is fluid, and runs in a current like water; (as you may perceive by opening the window;) but it cannot, like water, be congealed into ice : and the atmosphere is that ...

Google previewThe Nature of Matter (2010)

Bridges Edition by Christine Caputo

Air is a homogeneous mixture. Air is a mixture of different elements. A solution (suh-LOO-shun) is a type of homogeneous mixture.

Google previewExplaining Creativity (2012)

The Science of Human Innovation by Robert Keith Sawyer

The air is a metaphor for the creative domain; many creators are frustrated by the constraints of the domain, but without the domain they wouldn't be able to create at all. If you have trouble expressing yourself to a friend, do you blame the ...

Google previewDepartment of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (2011)

As Amended Through April 2010 by Barry Leonard

A analog A&P administrative and personnel; analysis and production A2C2 Army airspace command and control A-3 Operations Directorate (COMAFFOR) A-4 Air Force logistics directorate A-5 Plans Directorate (COMAFFOR) AA assessment ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Prehistory (2001)

Volume 6: North America by Peter N. Peregrine, Melvin Ember, Human Relations Area Files, inc

The presence of this ice sheet influenced the positions of four latitudinal bands of air masses reconstructed across the region, each of which influenced Early Holocene climatic and biotic conditions. From north to south, they were the Arctic air ...

Google previewDictionary of Converting (2012)

by M. R. Chamberlain, J. F. Bowler

Hot air is also used where necessary to bring about property changes in the coated or saturated substrate after removalof the solvent content. Thisis usuallycalled curing. Natural convection in aclosed or partially closed chamber was the ...

Google previewSocial Issues in America: An Encyclopedia (2015)

An Encyclopedia by James Ciment

Air pollution may be defined as contamination of the atmosphere by gaseous, liquid, or solid wastes or by-products that can endanger human health and the welfare of plants and animals, attack materials, reduce visibility, and produce ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the New York School Poets (2015)

Work Author: Kenneth Koch Written inthe same year as Allen Ginsberg's Howl, Kenneth Koch's "Fresh Air" exhibits "the same explosion of fearless humor, poetic energy, expansive and unchecked," as Ginsberg himself acknowledged ...

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Usage statistics for the noun air:

spoken English29.76%written English70.24% imaginative writing63.28%informational writing36.72%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb air:


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Scrabble value of A1I1R1

The value of this 3-letter word is 3 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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