• WordNet 3.6
    • n airiness lightness in movement or manner
    • n airiness the property of something weightless and insubstantial
    • n airiness the property of something spacious and abounding in fresh air
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Airiness Lightness of spirits; gayety; levity; as, the airiness of young persons.
    • Airiness The state or quality of being airy; openness or exposure to the air; as, the airiness of a country seat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n airiness Exposure to a free current of air; openness to the air: as, the airiness of a country-seat.
    • n airiness Unsubstantiality, like that of air.
    • n airiness Delicacy and lightness; ethereality.
    • n airiness Sprightliness of motion or manner; gaiety; jauntiness; vanity; affectation: as, the airiness of young persons.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Airiness state of being airy; openness: liveliness
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  • Lord Byron
    “But I hate things all fiction... there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric -- and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.”
  • John Keats
    “It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. aër—Gr.


In literature:

That bantering, airy way of theirs together.
"If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson
Say, finally, that I plume myself that, given the chance, I might break down this airy hatred.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
The river is all alive with human forms, and airy paddles and the prows of tilting boats.
"The Log School-House on the Columbia" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The prison is situated on the plateau in an open, airy place.
"A Journal of a Tour in the Congo Free State" by Marcus Dorman
She flung about bonmots, and chatted airy persiflage till his heart ached.
"What Answer?" by Anna E. Dickinson
Were these hopes too airy?
"The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood" by Thomas Hood
But Sir George B. Airy refused to be led in the direction of so great a possibility.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
His poet's pen, his painter's pencil turned them to shapes, and gave to airy nothings a local habitation and a name.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various
The woman is light, airy, indistinctly defined: airy movements are in keeping.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, August, 1863, No. 70" by Various
Barren, and airy name!
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
As to keeping Onions, any dry, cool, airy place will answer.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
She dismissed all argument with airy unreason.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
The prison for debtors is in Rue de Clichy, and is in an airy situation, is well constructed, and holds three or four hundred persons.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
The brightness had gone out of the wide, airy landscape, and the warm August days seemed chill.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
It hath a beautiful front: beautiful from its lightness and airiness of effect.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
An airy, lithesome figure she has, and the beat of her footfall is cadenced to the measure of joyous music.
"The Story of a Summer" by Cecilia Cleveland
Dexter Allison, coming up in less airy fashion across the lawn, surprised Caleb with his mouth still open.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Some low-lying fleecy clouds rose to meet the sun, broke up into airy flakes and gradually dispersed.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
The exercise-grounds are large and airy; the situation is very healthy.
"Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Laura goes off with an airiness that would do Marcia credit, and avoids any special farewell with her new sister-in-law.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas

In poetry:

Quick now, be this airy
Globe repelled!
Never can the fairy
Star be held.
"The Bubble" by William Allingham
No bird sings half so airy,
No bird of dusk or dawn,
Thou masking King of Faery!
Thou red-crowned Oberon!
"The Redbird" by Madison Julius Cawein
Praying all I can,
If prayers will not hush thee,
Airy Lilian,
Like a rose-leaf I will crush thee,
Fairy Lilian.
"Lilian" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Babbling echo, or the tale
Of the love-lorn Nightingale;
Hither, airy spirits, come,
This is your peculiar home.
"Inscription In A Beautiful Retreat Called Fairy Bower" by Hannah More
It sits there in the moonlight
Itself as pale and still,
And points with its airy finger
Across the window-sill.
"The Haunted Chamber. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The kitten's tone was airy,
The butterfly would scoff;
When there came along a fairy
Who whisked his wings right off.
"A Serious Question" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

Blessed with cathedral ceilings, this room had the open, airy feel of a huge concert hall.
Taking ice fishing to a new level by actually going under the ice and reeling in fish from the airy surface.
In venues around town, from Stanford University to the airy offices of ed-tech "incubator" Imagine K12, they're coaching and funding an array of technology products aimed at students, teachers, parents and schools.
Sat 24 noon to 6 pm Mt Airy Art Garage 11 West Mt Airy Ave.
Stripped of costume-y froth or a swelling score, it's as airy as the windswept moors and just as harsh.
She lives with her husband and their baby daughter in an airy house overlooking a small American city, which she asked that I not identify for their protection.
In the 60-boy choir, five are from Chestnut Hill, and 10 are from Mt Airy.
Leaf hairiness may affect cotton farmers' bottom lines, according to research on the correlation of airiness and leaf grade.
A Vision Thru Art class at the Allens Lane Art Center in Mount Airy includes Ron Bryant… (LISE FUNDERBURG ).
The actress has sold her airy duplex penthouse for $1.725 million, according to city records.
Instead of an ornate and massive bastion of tradition, the so-called Castle House is a sleek, airy, one-level showcase of modernism , its defining feature a cypress butterfly ceiling that appears capable of flight.
Revenue from slot machines decreased slightly at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Plains Township for the third quarter compared to the same quarter last year, while revenue increased at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County.
A 25-year-old Mount Airy man died after his moped and an SUV collided Thursday night.
Mount Airy welcomes holiday season, Santa.
Ocean Is Theory blend hard hitting guitars with airy overtones and a solid drum and bass section that holds it all together.

In science:

If the relative velocity between the mirrors is constant, the DC transmitted power delineates the Airy peak as a function of time, easily observed for the optical system with F = 100.
Finesse and mirror speed measurement for a suspended Fabry-Perot cavity using the ringing effect
However, in the case of F = 1600, a deformation of the Airy peak, similar to a ringing, was observed (see fig.(1)).
Finesse and mirror speed measurement for a suspended Fabry-Perot cavity using the ringing effect
For the Airy kernel ϕ(x) ≡ Ai (x), ψ(x) ≡ ϕ′ (x) (m(x) ≡ 1, A(x) ≡ 0, B (x) ≡ 1, C (x) ≡ −x).
Determinantal random point fields
Here Ai (x) is the Airy function and Jα(x) is the Bessel function of order α (see [E]).
Determinantal random point fields
Soshnikov, Gaussian fluctuations in Airy, Bessel, sine random point fields, J.
Determinantal random point fields
Widom, Level-spacing distributions and the Airy kernel, Commun.
Determinantal random point fields
When the λ’s, instead of belonging to the bulk of the spectrum, approach the edge, a cross-over takes place to an Airy or to a Bessel problem, and we consider here these modified classes of universality.
Characteristic polynomials of random matrices at edge singularities
N −2/3 of that edge, there is a cross-over from the sine-kernel to the Airy kernel.
Characteristic polynomials of random matrices at edge singularities
Airy functions, and the result is more complicated.
Characteristic polynomials of random matrices at edge singularities
Widom, Determinants of Airy operators and applications to random matrices, J.
Gaussian limit for determinantal random point fields
Soshnikov, Gaussian fluctuations in Airy, Bessel, sine and other determinantal random point fields, J.
Gaussian limit for determinantal random point fields
The latter is essentially the asymptotics of the Airy function.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
Example 1: Eigenvalues of large random Hermitian matrices near the “soft edge” and the Airy kernel Remember from section 1.2, the spectrum of the Gaussian Hermitian matrix ensemble has, for large size n, its edge at ±√2n, near which the scaling is given by √2n1/6 .
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
Kontsevich: Intersection theory on the moduli space of curves and the matrix Airy function, Comm.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations
Widom: Level-Spacings distribution and the Airy kernel, Commun.
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations