air castle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n air castle absentminded dreaming while awake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Air castle See Castle in the air, under Castle.
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Quotations

  • Henrik Ibsen
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    “Castles in the air - -they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build as well.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.”

Idioms

Castles in the air - Plans that are impractical and will never work out are castles in the air.
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Usage

In literature:

He was sent first to the castle of Edinburgh and afterwards to the Bass, 'for a change of air' as the record quaintly says.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
She leaned her head upon her hands, and fell to building extravagant air-castles that eclipsed all practical considerations whatsoever.
"Captain Desmond, V.C." by Maud Diver
She would have behaved humbly among the servants of Castle Moyna, had not their airs betrayed them for an inferior grade.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
All the next morning the snow fell persistently, and Sagan might have been, as far as appearances went, a castle built in the air.
"A Modern Mercenary" by Kate Prichard and Hesketh Vernon Hesketh-Prichard
Remember, it was not castles in the air, either, we were piling up.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
The creature in terror lifted him high up into the air and began to circle round the tower of the castle.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
He was reconstructing his air-castles on broader lines and smiling now and then to himself.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Throughout the castle there was that air of neglect already alluded to, so that the morning-room afforded a pleasant contrast.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
His features mingled insensibly in her dreamings and her visions, and dwelt, a welcome guest, in her castles in the air.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Youth is the time for air-castle building, and whether it be lad or lass who "dreams" there is but little difference.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
Six miles, and the air-castle was rebuilt and perfect, with no difference from the old one except its foundation, which was upon sand.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
An hour's tramp brought him to the famous vein on which he had already built many air-castles; but neither Bill nor Fred could be seen.
"Down the Slope" by James Otis
Certainly he never for a moment built castles in the air founded upon the chance of the inheritance.
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
He could not forget his tumbled air castles.
"The Gaunt Gray Wolf" by Dillon Wallace
Castles built of air often fall of stone.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
She built no end of air-castles, all dating from the time when the young man should propose to her.
"Jolly Sally Pendleton" by Laura Jean Libbey
Serina was so crushed under the crumbled wall of her air-castles that she could not protest.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
So I tempted my fancy with air-castles like the most unsophisticated lover.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
What castles in the air!
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various
But the walls of his air castle began to grow more solid.
"Doubloons--and the Girl" by John Maxwell Forbes
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In poetry:

Yes; you can have the city,
Its fuss and fun and care
Give me a life of freedom,
'Midst castles in the air!
"Texas" by William Lawrence Chittenden
But aftner far, he'd late and air,
To yonder castled height repair, Whar youth's gay sports, relax'd frae care,
Cheat learning's toils,
And round her Doig's classic chair
Fond genius smiles!
"The Links O' Forth : Or, A Parting Peep At The Carse O' Sterling" by Hector MacNeill
Threading its maze of arbors fair
Under its saffron bowers,
I watch, in the crisp, November air,
Through vine-framed openings here and there
The ivied walls of castles rare
And ruined Roman towers.
"After The Vintage" by John Lawson Stoddard
In his house by the Maese, with its roof of tiles,
And weathercocks flying aloft in air,
There are silver tankards of antique styles,
Plunder of convent and castle, and piles
Of carpets rich and rare.
"A Dutch Picture. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In the mournful silence of midnight air
You hear on its stately and winding stair
The echoes of fairy feet.
Gentle footsteps that lightly fall
Through the enchanted castle hall,
And up in the golden street.
"The Haunted Castle" by Marietta Holley
Give me a day, let business right itself,
Give me one day to drift in idleness
Along the shores of dreamland. Let me build
My castles in the air and dwell in them
A space, while yet the happy May-winds blow.
"Lazing" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

Avril Lavigne on Getting Divorced, Doing Jäger Shots and Cooking in Her Bel- Air Castle .
More than 200 airmen from the Delaware Air National Guard 's 166th Airlift Wing began several days of training when they deployed this past weekend from New Castle to the training center in Alpena, Mich. By Staff reports.
Castles in the Air A novel about a city built by collective imagination.
"Ice cream castles in the air …".
The last level takes them to the castle of Dr Foulair, who has invented antipollution technology to save the earth's air.
Not long ago, a New Jersey couple rented an inflatable from Edison, N.J-based Air Castles and Slides for a backyard party.
From the castle in the air to the little corner of the world.
And more, the castles in the air rising around New York City are a combination of one landlord's castle and another landlord's air.
Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill Biden, board Air Force Two, Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012, at a Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Del.
Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill Biden, board Air Force Two at a Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Del.
The company previously hoped to develop a project at the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, he said.
Stana Katic as homicide detective Kate Beckett in a scene from "Castle," which airs Mondays on ABC.
Magic Castle to air September 15 showcasing new aquarium.
Castle in the Air Photography .
Claire Ritter Castles in the Air River of Joy Zoning.
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In science:

Herding due to technical as well as behavioral mechanisms creates positive feedback mechanisms, which lead to self-organized cooperation and the development of possible instabilities or to the “building of castles in the air”, to paraphrase Malkiel (Malkiel, 1990).
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
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