• WordNet 3.6
    • adj airy characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air "figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away"- Thomas Carlyle","aerial fancies","an airy apparition","physical rather than ethereal forms"
    • adj airy having little or no perceptible weight; so light as to resemble air "airy gauze curtains"
    • adj airy not practical or realizable; speculative "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement","visionary schemes for getting rich"
    • adj airy open to or abounding in fresh air "airy rooms"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Airy Consisting of air; as, an airy substance; the airy parts of bodies.
    • Airy Having an affected manner; being in the habit of putting on airs; affectedly grand.
    • Airy (Paint) Having the light and aërial tints true to nature.
    • Airy Light of heart; vivacious; sprightly; flippant; superficial. "Merry and airy ."
    • Airy Open to a free current of air; exposed to the air; breezy; as, an airy situation.
    • Airy Relating or belonging to air; high in air; aërial; as, an airy flight. "The airy region."
    • Airy Relating to the spirit or soul; delicate; graceful; as, airy music.
    • Airy Resembling air; thin; unsubstantial; not material; airlike. "An airy spirit."
    • Airy Without reality; having no solid foundation; empty; trifling; visionary. "Airy fame.""Empty sound, and airy notions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • airy Consisting of or having the character of air; immaterial; ethereal.
    • airy Relating or belonging to the air; being in the air; aërial.
    • airy Open to a free current of air; breezy: as, an airy situation.
    • airy Light as air; intangible; unsubstantial; empty; unreal; flimsy: as, airy ghosts.
    • airy Visionary; speculative: as, airy notions; an airy metaphysician.
    • airy Graceful; delicate.
    • airy Light in manner or movement; sprightly; gay; lively.
    • airy Jaunty; full of airs; affectedly lofty; pretentious.
    • airy In painting, showing that proper recession of all parts which expresses distance and atmosphere. Synonyms Airy, Aérial, aëriform. Airy is more open to figurative meanings than aerial. The latter is the more exact word in other respects; it applies to the air as atmosphere: as, aérial navigation. Airy applies rather to air in motion, and to that which has the qualities, literal or imagined, of air.
    • n airy An old and better spelling of aery.
    • n airy A provincial form of area.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Airy consisting of or relating to air: open to the air: like air: unsubstantial: light of heart: sprightly
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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:

The theatres at New Orleans are neat and airy.
"Lands of the Slave and the Free" by Henry A. Murray
Perhaps, madam, you think me too airy a man.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VII" by Various
Into this fine box the groom put me; it was clean, sweet, and airy.
"Black Beauty, Young Folks' Edition" by Anna Sewell
Lift them when the leaves die down, dry them in the sunshine, and store in an airy, cool shed.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
It opened slowly, and a voice, airy and indifferent, was heard remarking, 'Ah!
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
There is nothing which exposes a Woman to greater dangers, than that Gaiety and Airiness of Temper, which are natural to most of the Sex.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
All was airy, fanciful, and full of grace, seeming to lend to the fabric a character of unreal lightness and speed.
"The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas" by James Fenimore Cooper
He could not recross the Atlantic till he had again beheld the originals of those airy pictures.
"Twice Told Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Baron Verulam himself treads a heavy gait beside this airy elfin scamper.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
Now young Father, do but observe what fine airy complements will be presented to you at their parting.
"The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and The Confession of the New-married Couple (1682)" by A. Marsh

In poetry:

And as I gazed with love and awe
Upon that sylph-like thing,
Methought that airy form must be
The fairy of the spring.
"Trehill Well" by Charles Kingsley
In airy circles o'er us fly.
Till wafted by a gentle breeze,
They faint and languish by degrees,
And at a distance die.
"An Ode For St. Cecilia's Day" by Joseph Addison
"HE plays the airy flute,
And looks depressed and blighted,
Doves round about him 'toot,'
And lambkins dance delighted.
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Vain are our fancies, airy flights,
If faith be cold and dead;
None but a living power unites
To Christ the living head.
"Hymn 140" by Isaac Watts
With whispering laughs they meet and pass
As we were used to do,
And somewhere in the airy crowd
My spirit walks with you.
"From A War Station" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
Then blessings on thy eagle quill,
As, wandering far and wide,
I thank thee for this twilight dream
And Fancy's airy ride!
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Light and airy dumplings make the classic chicken and dumplings comfort food a dinnertime winner.
White makes a room seem larger and lends an airy elegance to the space.
She is the daughter of Janice M Yinger and Jeffery D Lane, of Mount Airy, Md.
Firehouse Subs extinguishes Airy Hall.
Flippen's upbeat rhythm and slide technique belie the popular venue for Mt Airy fiddling : square dances.
In the airy front studio at Washington Contemporary Ballet, there's a rather odd scene.
IPhone Flashlight Helps Lost Mount Airy Hiker Get Rescued:
Having grown up in the Baltimore/Frederick area of Mount Airy, Md.
There's something about a weekend of relaxation at your favorite vineyard that begs for lightweight windbreakers, well-fitting corduroys, and your favorite, thin and airy collared-shirt.
The sublime texture of this airy yet slightly chewy cheese soufflé comes from stone-ground grits , which are available at health-food stores and from Hoppin' John's.
Since 2005, Ken Roberts has served Alabama and Carolina-inspired soul food cooking at Chef Ken's Café, 7135 Germantown Ave in Mt Airy.
Mount Airy welcomes holiday season , Santa.
Scenic Outlet — Mount Airy.
Hwy 89 Interstate 77 Mount Airy, NC 27030 USA.
Former modern dancers Peter Anthony D'Orsaneo and Christy Lee choreograph the note-perfect combination of new and vintage at their airy, easy shelter shop.

In science:

The solution of the Airy model is given in terms of Airy functions for the perturbative part of the evolution and in terms of a reflection coefficient, determined by the way the running coupling is regularized in the infrared, for the non-perturbative part (Sec. 2).
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron
We consider in this paper a particular form of the 2-scale gluon Green’s function which has been established for the Airy model and for the truncated BFKL models .
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron
In order to understand better the meaning of Eq. (2), let us derive it explicitly in the Airy model.
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron
In the Airy model, Eqs. (6) and (7) can be given in explicit form.
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron
Airy variable, and ¯ξ is its value for t = ¯t, at the boundary of the perturbative region.
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron