• "The bottle stood in the air as though hanging there."
    "The bottle stood in the air as though hanging there."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n airing the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air
    • n airing a short excursion (a walk or ride) in the open air "he took the dogs for an airing"
    • n airing the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate
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Additional illustrations & photos:

If Ye Ain't Lyin' About This and I'm Hopin' Ye Air If Ye Ain't Lyin' About This and I'm Hopin' Ye Air
Section through a typical Moist-air Dry Kiln Section through a typical Moist-air Dry Kiln
Elise is carried through the air by the swans Elise is carried through the air by the swans
You 'ave been losin' your 'air! You 'ave been losin' your 'air!
On his back, with all his legs in the air On his back, with all his legs in the air
Self-intensifying process used in liquefying air Self-intensifying process used in liquefying air
Liquid air production Liquid air production
Experiments with liquid air Experiments with liquid air

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The right lung takes in more air than the left lung.
    • Airing A walk or a ride in the open air; a short excursion for health's sake.
    • Airing An exposure to air, or to a fire, for warming, drying, etc.; as, the airing of linen, or of a room.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On November 29, 1941, the program for the annual Army-Navy football game carried a picture of the Battleship Arizona, captioned: "It is significant that despite the claims of air enthusiasts no battleship has yet been sunk by bombs." Today you can visit the site—now a shrine—where Japanese dive bombers sunk the Arizona at Pearl Harbor only nine days later.
    • n airing An exposure to the air, or to a fire, for drying or warming.
    • n airing Exercise in or exposure to the open air; an excursion for the purpose of taking the air.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are more psycho-analysts per capita in Buenos Aires than any other place in the world.
    • Airing exposure to the air or fire: a short excursion in the open air
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  • Mikhail Gorbachev
    Mikhail Gorbachev
    “Democracy is the wholesome and pure air without which a socialist public organization cannot live a full-blooded life.”
  • Policeman
    “We're talking scum here. Air should be illegal if they breathe it.”
  • Dan Quayle
    “It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
  • William Penn
    “There can be no friendship where there is no freedom. Friendship loves a free air, and will not be fenced up in straight and narrow enclosures.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.”
  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air nelson stylites in Trafalgar square reminds the British what once they were.”


Air your dirty laundry in public - If you air your dirty laundry in public, you reveal aspects of your private life that should really remain private, by telling a secret, arguing in public, etc.
Castles in the air - Plans that are impractical and will never work out are castles in the air.
Dead air - When there is a period of total silence, there is dead air.
Full of hot air - Someone who is full of hot air talks a lot of rubbish.
Hot air - Language that is full of words but means little or nothing is hot air.
Into thin air - If something vanishes or disappears without trace, it vanishes into thin air; no-one knows where it has gone.
Nose in the air - If someone has their nose in the air, they behave in a way that is meant to show that they are superior to others.
Put on airs - If someone puts on airs, they pretend to be grander and more important than they really are.
Up in the air - If a matter is up in the air, no decision has been made and there is uncertainty about it.
Walking on air - If you are walking on air, you are so happy that you feel as if you could float.


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


In literature:

Exposure to contact with the day air equally prepares us for exposure to the contact with the night air.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
A good night for air-traveling.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Necessity of Pure Air.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
There air other days and nights, too," she went on sarcastically, "and it air almost midnight.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The major air what he is, and Steve Dagg air what he is!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Hot air expands, and as it gets bigger, it displaces the cold air above it.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
All surplus air admitted to the fire, or to the gases before they leave the heating surfaces, increases the losses.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
First, then, answer me this questyun: Air you, or air you not, Richard Darke?
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
It is quickly manifested when the windpipe is severed; the hot air rushes out, and when air is taken in it is sucked in with a noise.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Near to the plank on which the diver was seated there stood the chest containing the air-pumps.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne

In poetry:

Now an interval of quiet
For a moment holds the air
In the breathless hush
Of a silent prayer.
"Storm-Music" by Henry Van Dyke
El estanque tiene suelta
su cabellera de algas
y al aire sus grises tetas
estremecidas de ranas.
"Nocturnos De La Ventana" by Federico Garcia Lorca
"Of old they were there!
Ever young, who are these
Whom Death cannot seize?
What Spirits of air?"
"Cree Fairies" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
How still and chill the air is.
It seems no sound could live
Here in my room
That now so bare is.
"Loneliness" by John Freeman
O'er the wood's brow,
Pale, the moon stares;
In every bough
Wandering airs
Faintly suspire. . . .
"O'er The Wood's Brow" by Paul Verlaine
But the lady played bobcherry,
Did not see or care,
As the vain man went by her
Aloft in the air.
"Vain And Careless" by Robert Graves

In news:

Navy at the Naval Air Station Oceana air show that kicks off Friday.
US Air Force website At left, the original Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office patch includes "Opus Dei," the Latin phrase for "Work of God".
Air Force chaplains provide airmen with faith-filled guidance at Sheppard Air Force Base.
The Who's Who in Air Forwarding list, which will be published in our November Air Forwarders issue, is one of the most popular issues of the year, according to our 200,000+ readers.
Several major airlines (Air France, Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, and Hawaiian Airlines) fly to Tahiti's Faa'a International Airport.
MILWAUKEE–Prolitec has unveiled the Air/Q Adjustable Room Air Freshener , a miniaturized version of its commercial room-scenting product designed specifically for home use.
Light air, heavy air, no air.
To purge air from the low-pressure side of the fuel system, open fuel-line unions and bleed ports downstream of the pump, one at a time, beginning with those closest to the pump, and continue pumping until fuel, and not air, runs out.
Accurate air gaging requires proper tooling maintenance and air supply vigilance.
As a provider of air gaging technology, products and quality gaging system integration, Stotz Air Gaging , a division of Advanced Machine & Engineering is pleased to provide a "top ten" list for those considering air gaging .
This customizable, precision, multi-axis air bearing gantry system consists of an XY stage, utilizing air bearings, plus a conventional ball screw driven Z table.
Naturally drafting residential chimneys develop draft because the warmer air inside the chimney is lighter than the air outside the chimney.
Mercury Air Center LGB , a division of Mercury Air Group, has moved its operations into a newly built facility at Long Beach's Daugherty Field.
The Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 (shown in formation with a T-6C) has apparently lost out to the Embraer Super Tucano in the US Air Force Light Air Support contest.
Flight evaluations of the two contenders for the US Air Force?s Light Air Support contract were completed late last week at Kirtland AFB, N.M. Embraer has teamed with U.S.-based Sierra Nevada to offer the Super Tucano.

In science:

The clusters (doublets) in ultrahigh energy cosmic rays are considered based on Yakutsk and AGASA extensive air shower array data.
Are Clusters as Indicators of the Cosmic Ray Anisotropy ?
In the ultrahigh energy region at E>4.1019 eV 7 clusters were found by AGASA extensive air shower (EAS) array data1, 2 clusters by Yakutsk EAS array data2. A mechanism for the appearance of clusters remains unsolved.
Are Clusters as Indicators of the Cosmic Ray Anisotropy ?
The main difference is that the air movement in cumulonimbus clouds constitutes a systematic flow, while in our models the turbulent motions are random.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
The BTS comprises radio transmission and reception devices and also manages the signal processing related to the air interface.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
The photon upper limit derived here is based on the direct observation of the longitudinal air shower pro file and makes use of the hybrid detection technique: Xmax is used as discriminant observable.
Upper limit on the primary photon fraction from the Pierre Auger Observatory