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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.


Synonymsatmosphere


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.


Synonymsairwave


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


Causeair


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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