- The fluid which we breathe, and which surrounds the earth; the
atmosphere. It is invisible, inodorous, insipid, transparent,
compressible, elastic, and ponderable.
- Symbolically: Something unsubstantial, light, or volatile.
- 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.
- Any aeriform body; a gas; as, oxygen was formerly called vital
- Air in motion; a light breeze; a gentle wind.
- Odoriferous or contaminated air.
- That which surrounds and influences.
- Utterance abroad; publicity; vent.
- Intelligence; information.
- 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.
- 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.
- The peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person; mien;
demeanor; as, the air of a youth; a heavy air; a lofty air.
- Peculiar appearance; apparent character; semblance; manner;
- An artificial or affected manner; show of pride or vanity;
haughtiness; as, it is said of a person, he puts on airs.
- The representation or reproduction of the effect of the
atmospheric medium through which every object in nature is viewed.
- Carriage; attitude; action; movement; as, the head of that
portrait has a good air.
- The artificial motion or carriage of a horse.
- To expose to the air for the purpose of cooling, refreshing,
or purifying; to ventilate; as, to air a room.
- To expose for the sake of public notice; to display
ostentatiously; as, to air one's opinion.
- To expose to heat, for the purpose of expelling dampness, or
of warming; as, to air linen; to air liquors.