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English

Etymology

From Anglo-Norman aeir, eyer (etc.), Old French aire, eir, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] āēr, from Ancient Greek ἀήρ (aér), wind, atmosphere).

Pronunciation

Homophones

Noun

Singular
air

Plural
s

air (s)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The atmospheric substance above the surface of the earth which animals breathe, formerly considered to be a single substance, one of the four basic elements of ancient philosophy and one of the five basic elements of Eastern traditions.
  2. (uncountable, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Now understood as the mixture of gases comprising the earth's atmosphere.
    The karate instructor said "air is the one thing you can't go five minutes without; when you spar, you have to remember to breathe."
  3. (usually Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The apparently open space above the ground; the mass of this substance around the earth.
    The flock of birds took to the air.
    There was a tension in the air which made me suspect an approaching storm.
  4. A feeling or sense.
    ...to give it an air of artistry and sophistication.
  5. (obsolete) A sense of poise, graciousness, or quality.
    • 1815, Jane Austen, Emma, Volume I, Chapter 4:
      "He is very plain, undoubtedly--remarkably plain:--but that is nothing compared with his entire want of gentility. I had no right to expect much, and I did not expect much; but I had no idea that he could be so very clownish, so totally without air. I had imagined him, I confess, a degree or two nearer gentility."
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Pretension; snobbishness; pretence that one is better than others.
    • ...putting on airs...
  7. (music) A song, especially a solo; an aria.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 18:
      "If I," said Mr. Collins, "were so fortunate as to be able to sing, I should have great pleasure, I am sure, in obliging the company with an air; for I consider music as a very innocent diversion, and perfectly compatible with the profession of a clergyman..."
  8. (uncountable) An air conditioner or the processed air it produces.
    Could you turn on the air?
  9. (obsolete, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any specific gas.
  10. (snowboarding, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A jump in which one becomes airborne.

Derived terms

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Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to air

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to air (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To bring (something) into contact with the air, so as to freshen or dry it.
  2. To let fresh air into a room or a building, to ventilate.
    It's getting quite stuffy in this room: let's open the windows and air it.
  3. To discuss varying viewpoints on a given topic.
    • 1917, National Geographic, v.31, March 1917:
      Thus, in spite of all opposition, the rural and urban assemblies retained the germ of local government, and in spite of the dual control, as the result of which much of their influence was nullified, they did have a certain value in airing abuses and suggesting improvements.
  4. To broadcast, as with a television show.

Translations


Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

air m.

  1. air (pretension)

French

Pronunciation

Noun

air m. (plural airs)

  1. air (gases of the atmosphere)
  2. tune
  3. appearance
  4. air (pretension)

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Indonesian

Etymology

Common Malayo-Polynesian, compare wai.

Noun

air

  1. water

Malay

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Noun

air

  1. water (clear liquid H2O)


This Malay entry was created from the translations listed at water. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see air in the Malay Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) April 2008


Scottish Gaelic

Preposition

air

  1. on, upon
    • air barr a' bhalla
      • on top of the wall
  2. of, concerning
    • iomradh air do ghliocas
      • a report of thy wisdom
  3. for, on account of
    • air sgàth
      • for the sake of
    • air an aobhar sin
      • for that reason
  4. by
    • air ainm
      • by name
  5. with
    • móran iaruinn air bheag faobhar
      • much iron with little edge
  6. on, upon, an oath or assertion
    • air m'fhacal
      • upon my word
  7. on, upon (denoting time)
  8. with, accompanied by
  9. claim of debt

Pronoun

air

  1. on him, on it
    • Tha 'aodach air.
      • His clothes are on him.
  2. upon him, upon it
  3. in his possession
    • Cha d'fhuair mi ni air.
      • I got nothing in his possession.
  4. on him as a duty

Declension

References

  • The Illustrated Gaelic-English Dictionary (Birlinn Limited, 1901-1911, Compiled by Edward Dwelly)
  • A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language (John Grant, Edinburgh, 1925, Complied by Malcolm MacLennan)

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