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English Dictionary: air by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
air
n
  1. 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"
  2. the region above the ground; "her hand stopped in mid air"; "he threw the ball into the air"
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): air, aura, atmosphere
  4. a slight wind (usually refreshing); "the breeze was cooled by the lake"; "as he waited he could feel the air on his neck"
    Synonym(s): breeze, zephyr, gentle wind, air
  5. the mass of air surrounding the Earth; "there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere"; "it was exposed to the air"
    Synonym(s): atmosphere, air
  6. once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)
  7. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
    Synonym(s): tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase
  8. 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(s): air, airwave
  9. travel via aircraft; "air travel involves too much waiting in airports"; "if you've time to spare go by air"
    Synonym(s): air travel, aviation, air
v
  1. expose to fresh air; "aerate your old sneakers" [syn: {air out}, air, aerate]
  2. be broadcast; "This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M."
  3. broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; "We cannot air this X-rated song"
    Synonym(s): air, send, broadcast, beam, transmit
  4. make public; "She aired her opinions on welfare"
    Synonym(s): publicize, publicise, air, bare
  5. expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry; "Air linen"
  6. expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen; "air the old winter clothes"; "air out the smoke-filled rooms"
    Synonym(s): vent, ventilate, air out, air
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Air \Air\ ([acir]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Aired} ([acir]rd); p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Airing}.] [See {Air}, n., and cf.
      {A[eum]rate}.]
      1. To expose to the air for the purpose of cooling,
            refreshing, or purifying; to ventilate; as, to air a room.
  
                     It were good wisdom . . . that the jail were aired.
                                                                              --Bacon.
  
                     Were you but riding forth to air yourself. --Shak.
  
      2. To expose for the sake of public notice; to display
            ostentatiously; as, to air one's opinion.
  
                     Airing a snowy hand and signet gem.   --Tennyson.
  
      3. To expose to heat, for the purpose of expelling dampness,
            or of warming; as, to air linen; to air liquors.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Air \Air\ ([acir]r), n. [OE. air, eir, F. air, L. a[89]r, fr.
      Gr. 'ah`r, air, mist, for 'a[digamma]hr, fr. root 'a[digamma]
      to blow, breathe, probably akin to E. wind. In sense 10 the
      French has taking a meaning fr. It. aria atmosphere, air, fr.
      the same Latin word; and in senses 11, 12, 13 the French
      meaning is either fr. L. aria, or due to confusion with F.
      aire, in an older sense of origin, descent. Cf. {A[89]ry},
      {Debonair}, {Malaria}, {Wind}.]
      1. The fluid which we breathe, and which surrounds the earth;
            the atmosphere. It is invisible, inodorous, insipid,
            transparent, compressible, elastic, and ponderable.
  
      Note: By the ancient philosophers, air was regarded as an
               element; but modern science has shown that it is
               essentially a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen, with a
               small amount of carbon dioxide, the average proportions
               being, by volume: oxygen, 20.96 per cent.; nitrogen,
               79.00 per cent.; carbon dioxide, 0.04 per cent. These
               proportions are subject to a very slight variability.
               Air also always contains some vapor of water.
  
      2. Symbolically: Something unsubstantial, light, or volatile.
            [bd]Charm ache with air.[b8] --Shak.
  
                     He was still all air and fire. [Air and fire being
            the finer and quicker elements as opposed to earth and
            water.]                                                      --Macaulay
            .
  
      3. A particular state of the atmosphere, as respects heat,
            cold, moisture, etc., or as affecting the sensations; as,
            a smoky air, a damp air, the morning air, etc.
  
      4. Any a[89]riform body; a gas; as, oxygen was formerly
            called vital air. [Obs.]
  
      5. Air in motion; a light breeze; a gentle wind.
  
                     Let vernal airs through trembling osiers play.
                                                                              --Pope.
  
      6. Odoriferous or contaminated air.
  
      7. That which surrounds and influences.
  
                     The keen, the wholesome air of poverty.
                                                                              --Wordsworth.
  
      8. Utterance abroad; publicity; vent.
  
                     You gave it air before me.                  --Dryden.
  
      9. Intelligence; information. [Obs.] --Bacon.
  
      10. (Mus.)
            (a) A musical idea, or motive, rhythmically developed in
                  consecutive single tones, so as to form a symmetrical
                  and balanced whole, which may be sung by a single
                  voice to the stanzas of a hymn or song, or even to
                  plain prose, or played upon an instrument; a melody;
                  a tune; an aria.
            (b) In harmonized chorals, psalmody, part songs, etc.,
                  the part which bears the tune or melody -- in modern
                  harmony usually the upper part -- is sometimes called
                  the air.
  
      11. The peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person;
            mien; demeanor; as, the air of a youth; a heavy air; a
            lofty air. [bd]His very air.[b8] --Shak.
  
      12. Peculiar appearance; apparent character; semblance;
            manner; style.
  
                     It was communicated with the air of a secret.
                                                                              --Pope.
  
      12. pl. An artificial or affected manner; show of pride or
            vanity; haughtiness; as, it is said of a person, he puts
            on airs. --Thackeray.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   AIR
  
      A future {infrared} standard from {IrDA}.   AIR will
      provide in-room multipoint to multipoint connectivity.   AIR
      supports a data rate of 4 Mbps at a distance of 4 metres, and
      250 Kbps at up to 8 metres.   It is designed for cordless
      connections to multiple peripherals and meeting room
      collaboration applications.
  
      See also {IrDA Data} and {IrDA Control}
  
      (1999-10-14)
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   Air
      the atmosphere, as opposed to the higher regions of the sky (1
      Thess. 4:17; Rev. 9:2; 16:17). This word occurs once as the
      rendering of the Hebrew _ruah_ (Job 41:16); elsewhere it is the
      rendering of _shamaiyim_, usually translated "heavens."
     
         The expression "to speak into the air" (1 Cor. 14:9) is a
      proverb denoting to speak in vain, as to "beat the air" (1 Cor.
      9:26) denotes to labour in vain.
     
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