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English noun: air

1. air (substance) a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of

SamplesAir pollution.
A smell of chemicals in the air.
Open a window and let in some air.
I need some fresh air.

Broader (hypernym)gas

Narrower (hyponym)breath, hot air, liquid air

Substance holonymAr, argon, atomic number 10, atomic number 18, atomic number 36, atomic number 54, atomic number 7, atomic number 8, Kr, krypton, N, Ne, neon, nitrogen, O, oxygen, Xe, xenon

Substance meronymair current, current of air, wind

2. air (location) the region above the ground

SamplesHer hand stopped in mid air.
He threw the ball into the air.

Broader (hypernym)part, region

3. air (attribute) a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

SamplesAn 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.

Synonymsatmosphere, aura

Broader (hypernym)quality

Narrower (hyponym)mystique, note, vibe, vibration

4. air (phenomenon) a slight wind (usually refreshing)

SamplesThe breeze was cooled by the lake.
As he waited he could feel the air on his neck.

Synonymsbreeze, gentle wind, zephyr

Broader (hypernym)air current, current of air, wind

Narrower (hyponym)breath, fresh breeze, gentle breeze, light air, light breeze, moderate breeze, sea breeze, strong breeze

5. air (location) the mass of air surrounding the Earth

SamplesThere was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere.
It was exposed to the air.


Broader (hypernym)part, region

Narrower (hyponym)airspace

Part holonymair space, airspace, ionosphere

Part meronymEarth, globe, world

6. air (substance) once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)

Broader (hypernym)element

Domain usagearchaicism, archaism

7. air (communication) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

SamplesShe was humming an air from Beethoven.

Synonymsline, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune

Broader (hypernym)music

Narrower (hyponym)fanfare, flourish, glissando, idea, leitmotif, leitmotiv, melodic theme, musical theme, part, roulade, signature, signature tune, theme, theme song, theme song, tucket, voice

Part holonymmusical phrase, phrase

8. air (communication) medium for radio and television broadcasting

SamplesThe program was on the air from 9 til midnight.
The president used the airwaves to take his message to the people.


Broader (hypernym)medium

9. air (act) travel via aircraft

SamplesAir travel involves too much waiting in airports.
If you've time to spare go by air.

Synonymsair travel, aviation

Broader (hypernym)travel, traveling, travelling

Narrower (hyponym)flight, flying

Domain category membersaviate, belly-land, bring down, buzz, chandelle, crab, crash land, crash-dive, cruise, deplane, ditch, emplane, enplane, fly, fly, fly blind, fly contact, glide, jet, kite, land, nosedive, overfly, pass over, peel off, pilot, power-dive, put down, red-eye, sailplane, soar, solo, stall, stall, stooge, test fly

English verb: air

1. air (perception) expose to fresh air

SamplesAerate your old sneakers.

Synonymsaerate, air out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)expose

2. air (communication) be broadcast

SamplesThis show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M..

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Narrower (hyponym)be on, get on

Domain categorybroadcast medium, broadcasting

3. air (communication) broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television

SamplesWe cannot air this X-rated song.

Synonymsbeam, broadcast, send, transmit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)air, bare, publicise, publicize

Narrower (hyponym)interrogate, rebroadcast, rerun, satellite, sportscast, telecast, televise


Domain categorybroadcast medium, broadcasting

4. air (communication) make public

SamplesShe aired her opinions on welfare.

Synonymsbare, publicise, publicize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)tell

Narrower (hyponym)air, beam, bring out, broadcast, broadcast, bulletin, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, hype, issue, pass around, propagate, publish, put out, release, send, spread, transmit

5. air (change) expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry

SamplesAir linen.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)dry, dry out

6. air (change) expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen

SamplesAir the old winter clothes.
Air out the smoke-filled rooms.

Synonymsair out, vent, ventilate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)freshen, refresh

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