To take the air


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To take the air to go abroad; to walk or ride out.
    • To take the air (Falconry) To seek to escape by trying to rise higher than the falcon; -- said of a bird.
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  • Samuel Beckett
    “Personally I have no bone to pick with graveyards, I take the air there willingly, perhaps more willingly than elsewhere, when take the air I must.”
  • Henrik Ibsen
    “Castles in the air - -they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build as well.”


In literature:

With permission of the chair, I shall leave you for a little, for I'd like to take the air.
"The Bon Gaultier Ballads" by William Edmonstoune Aytoun Theodore Martin
What would take place if a bit of potassium hydroxide were left exposed to the air?
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
We went to take a little fresh air in the meadows, along the streams that watered them.
"The Arabian Nights" by Unknown
A day or two later, being evening, I had locked up the printing house and was wandering to take the air towards Smithfield.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
It takes exactly eight turns on this valve to bleed the air out of the air lock where your two buddies are.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
The Maidens' Lodge, was first visited, and a messenger sent in to ask Lady Betty if she were inclined to take the air.
"The Maidens' Lodge" by Emily Sarah Holt
A'Dale and I, having finished our supper, got up, I proposing to take a turn in the fresh air before going to bed.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
At length the surgeon came on deck to take a breath of fresh air.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
Roger thought he knew the direction to take, and in the cool air of night travelling was easier than in the daytime.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
This opening is necessary to keep up a free circulation of air, and to take up the ashes.
"The Art of Making Whiskey" by Anthony Boucherie
It rises twenty miles in the air, and it takes three minutes on the trip to Paris.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
Good old Doctor and Pay, going up to take the air on the quarter-deck, said: 'Hurry, Dick, hurry!
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
They were to take turns in conducting him through the air.
"The Indian Fairy Book" by Cornelius Mathews
Monsieur Dorn being thus gloriously lifted into the range of the public eye, Lil seemed to take added airs of importance.
"Schwartz: A History" by David Christie Murray
The weeks flew by, and Aunt Barbara was able first to take a short drive, and then to be in the air hour after hour.
"Hatty and Marcus" by Aunt Friendly
Mayer Anselm took to his father's business as a bird takes to the air.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
I don't reckon the Lord takes the trouble to even forgive 'em, they air so foolish.
"A Circuit Rider's Wife" by Corra Harris
Ennybody ez hev seen this war air obleeged to take note o' the wickedness o' men in gineral.
"The Phantoms Of The Foot-Bridge" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
And Hanny proposed they should take her up to Yonkers, where she could recruit in the country air.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
With permission of the chair, I shall leave you for a little, for I'd like to take the air.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various

In poetry:

I'd take pure night to paint your hair;
Stars for your eyes; and morning
To paint your skin--the rosy air
That is your limbs' adorning.
"Her Portrait" by Madison Julius Cawein
The trees merge and melt in the fading grey sky
And now from tree or bush, we cannot tell where,
A thin sound arises, faintly, haltingly,
Stops to take breath and then fills the quiet air
"The Nightjars" by Edward Shanks
And it began its journey then,
As I came forth to take the air;
The timid Stars had vanished quite,
The Moon was dying with a stare;
Horses, and kine, and sheep were seen,
As still as pictures, in fields green.
"Early Morn" by William H Davies
"He shrunk, would have slipp'd, but one grasp of my hand,
Held him firm till the engine was brought to a stand,
Then I heard from behind a shriek take to the air,
And I knew that the voice of a mother was there.
"Nottman" by Alexander Anderson
"And oh that those glorious haunts were mine!"
He speaks, and throughout the glen
Thin shadows swim in the faint moonshine,
And take a ghastly likeness of men,
As if the slain by the wintry storms
Came forth to the air in their earthly forms.
"Catterskill Falls" by William Cullen Bryant
Oh who is that young sinner with the handcuffs on his wrists?
And what has he been after that they groan and shake their fists?
And wherefore is he wearing such a conscience-stricken air?
Oh they're taking him to prison for the color of his hair.
"XVIII: Oh Who Is That Young Sinner with the Handcuffs on his Wrists" by A E Housman

In news:

John Thorrington, right, takes to the air against David Ferreira of FC Dallas in a game earlier this season.
The average American could buy a house for the amount of money it takes to run Air Force One every hour.
Mids take to the air under Reynolds.
Pilots take kids into the air, hoping to launch them on dreams of flight.
An oldie but a goodie, let's take a trip back to one of the best bits to ever air on MADtv.
I want to take a moment as we near Veterans Day and sincerely thank our action heroes at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
Enlarge Brian Kelly Blue Angels take to the skies over Pensacola for their Homecoming Air Show on Nov 2, 2012.
Douglas Kennedy, son of US Senator Robert F Kennedy and nephew of the assassinated president, was accused of child endangerment and harassment after he tried to take his two-day-old baby out of the maternity ward to get some fresh air.
Before he drove back to Tunkhannock, Rutcavage said he will take advantage of the new non-stop jet service offered by Allegiant Air someday.
Two development companies are left in the running to take over failed military housing-privatization contracts at four air bases including Little Rock Air Force Base, Brig.
Take the time to optimize your air handlers - the savings from year-round monitoring and control justify the effort.
OHS Junior Rob Norfolk takes it to the air during Friday night's Winterfest game against Birmingham Groves.
Police had to intervene to stop people from taking everything, including the air conditioner.
Some warming has been taking place near the north pole, and that in turn displaces some of the true arctic air to the south.
Series, which will air on PBS this fall, takes viewers to 50 locations in more than 16 countries as it examines major historical and faith themes within the Church.

In science:

Take as the initial quantum state of a tiny dust-particle (radius 10−3 cm) in air, a superposition of two positions for the centre of mass of the particle, with the two positions just 10−4 cm apart (i.e. a tenth of the particle’s radius), and with (say) the two positions not moving relative to one another.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The frame size of 300 bins is selected for a full scale array with more than 24 telescopes covering an area of 1 km2 , over which a highly inclined air shower takes several microseconds to cross in the fluorescence light observational mode.
Properties and Performance of Two Wide Field of View Cherenkov/Fluorescence Telescope Array Prototypes
We present the design, implementation and data taking performance of the MIcrowave Detection of Air Showers (MIDAS) experiment, a large field of view imaging telescope designed to detect microwave radiation from extensive air showers induced by ultra-high energy cosmic rays.
The MIDAS telescope for microwave detection of ultra-high energy cosmic rays
This affects the number of “hops” a packet must make to get from one computer to another on the Internet, the number of legs of a journey for an air or train traveler, the time it takes for a disease to spread throughout a population, and so forth.
The structure and function of complex networks
These are then used to determine the change in air density which is then fed back into the wind field equations taking into account the change in buoyancy due to the fire.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
It is therefore important to take into account the GF effects for the site selection of future pro jects utilising the imaging air Cherenkov technique.
Monte Carlo Studies of Geomagnetic Field Effects on the Imaging Air Cherenkov Technique for the MAGIC Telescope Site
If one were to take a snapshot of the atom at a particular time, there would be photons in the air, making the atom a complicated many-body problem involving the (virtual) photon “glue”.
Few-Body Physics -- Then and Now
If we take the external medium to be air, then sin i = nλ sin r .
Classical Spectroscopy
The KASCADE air shower experiment taking data at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany) provides important information to both of these topics of particle-astrophysics research. A target of particular interest is the so-called “knee” in the cosmic ray energy spectrum at Ek ≈ 4 · 1015 eV.
Cosmic Rays in the Energy Range of the Knee - Recent Results from KASCADE --
It is necessary to take into consideration the reasons of movement of air in a dome. The most principal reasons are the streams from warm subjects (including from the primary mirror of the telescope) and streams produced by external wind.
Estimation of the dome seeing from results of the optics quality tests with Shack-Hartman wavefront sensor