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3 letters words from 'air'

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RIA 3 

2 letters words from 'air'

AI 2AR 2

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Definitions and meaning of air

air

Alternative forms

  • aire (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English air, eir (gas, atmosphere), from Anglo-Norman aeir, eyer, Old French aire, eir, from Latin āēr, from Ancient Greek ἀήρ (aḗr, wind, atmosphere). Displaced native Middle English luft, lift (air) (from Old English lyft (air, atmosphere)), Middle English loft (air, upper region) (from Old Norse lopt (air, sky, loft)). More at lift, loft.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɛə/, /ˈɛː/
  • (General American) enPR: âr, IPA(key): /ˈɛəɹ/, /ˈɛɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)
  • Homophones: Ayr, ere, heir, are (unit of measurement); err (one pronunciation)

Noun

air (countable and uncountable, plural airs)

  1. (uncountable, meteorology) The substance constituting earth's atmosphere, particularly:
    1. (historical, philosophy, alchemy) understood as one of the four elements of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
    2. (historical, medicine) understood as a particular local substance with supposed effects on human health.
      • 1991 May 12, "Kidnapped!" Jeeves and Wooster, Series 2, Episode 5:
        Jeeves: Foreign travel often liberates emotions best kept in check, sir. The air of North America is notoriously stimulating in this regard, as witness the regrettable behavior of its inhabitants in 1776.
        B. Wooster: Hm? What happened in 1776, Jeeves?
        Jeeves: I prefer not to dwell on it, if it's convenient to you, sir.
    3. (physics) understood as a gaseous mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and various trace gases.
  2. (usually with the) The apparently open space above the ground which this substance fills, (historical) formerly thought to be limited by the firmament but (meteorology) now considered to be surrounded by the near vacuum of outer space.
  3. A breeze; a gentle wind.
  4. A feeling or sense.
    • November 2 2014, Daniel Taylor, "Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," guardian.co.uk
      Smalling’s quick one-two of yellow cards towards the end of the first half had left an air of inevitability about what would follow and, if anything, it was probably a surprise that City restricted themselves to Sergio Agüero’s goal bearing in mind another of United’s defenders, Marcos Rojo, was taken off on a stretcher early in the second half with a dislocated shoulder.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      The girl stooped to pluck a rose, and as she bent over it, her profile was clearly outlined. She held the flower to her face with a long-drawn inhalation, then went up the steps, crossed the piazza, opened the door without knocking, and entered the house with the air of one thoroughly at home.
  5. 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. (usually in the plural) Pretension; snobbishness; pretence that one is better than others.
  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. (informal) Nothing; absence of anything.
  9. (countable, uncountable) An air conditioner or the processed air it produces.
  10. (obsolete, chemistry) Any specific gas.
  11. (snowboarding, skateboarding, motor sports) A jump in which one becomes airborne.
  12. A television or radio signal.
  13. (uncountable) Publicity.

Synonyms

  • atmosphere
  • aura
  • lift
  • nimbus
  • gas

Derived terms

Pages starting with “air”.

Related terms

  • aerate
  • aero-
  • aria

Translations

See air/translations § Noun.

Verb

air (third-person singular simple present airs, present participle airing, simple past and past participle aired)

  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. (transitive) To broadcast (a television show etc.).
  5. (intransitive) To be broadcast.
    This game show first aired in the 1990s and is still going today.
  6. (Britain, MLE, slang) To ignore.

Derived terms

  • air out
  • aired
  • aired-out

Translations

Anagrams

  • ARI, Ari, IAR, IRA, Ira, RIA, Rai, rai, raï, ria

Cornish

Alternative forms

  • ayr

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [eːɹ]

Noun

air m

  1. air

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from French air, from Middle French air, from Old French air, from Latin āēr.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛːr/
  • Hyphenation: aie
  • Rhymes: -ɛːr

Noun

air m (plural airs, diminutive airtje n)

  1. air, pretension or pretentious attitude
  2. tune, melody

Descendants

  • Afrikaans: air

French

Etymology

From Latin āēr.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛʁ/
  • Homophones: aire, airent, aires, airs, ère, ères, erre, errent, erres, ers, haire, haires, hère, hères

Noun

air m (plural airs)

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

Related terms

  • avoir l'air (to seem)

Further reading

  • “air” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • ira
  • rai

Gothic

Romanization

air

  1. Romanization of 𐌰𐌹𐍂

Indonesian

Etymology

From Malay air, from Proto-Malayic *air, from Proto-Malayo-Chamic *air, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan *wair, from Proto-Sunda-Sulawesi *wair, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /a.ʔɪr/

Noun

air (plural, first-person possessive airku, second-person possessive airmu, third-person possessive airnya)

  1. water
    1. clear liquid H₂O
    2. mineral water
    3. one of the four elements in alchemy
    4. one of the five basic elements in some other theories
  2. (colloquial) a cockfight round which started by spraying water to the cock.

Derived terms

Compounds

  • air bah
  • air mata
  • pengairan
  • zat air

Further reading

  • “air” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.

Irish

Etymology 1

From Old Irish airid (ploughs, tills).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /aɾʲ/

Verb

air (present analytic aireann, future analytic airfidh, verbal noun ar, past participle airthe)

  1. (literary, transitive, intransitive) plough
Conjugation

Noun

air m

  1. genitive singular of ar

Etymology 2

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): (stressed) /ɛɾʲ/, (unstressed) /əɾʲ/

Pronoun

air (emphatic airsean)

  1. third-person singular masculine of ar (on him, on it m)

Mutation

References

  • "air" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019), “3 airid”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language

Kein

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɑiɾ/

Noun

air

  1. woman

Further reading

  • Bemal Organized Phonology Data

Ludian

Etymology

From Proto-Finnic *airo.

Noun

air

  1. oar

Malay

Alternative forms

  • اءير

Etymology

First attested in the Talang Tuo inscription, 684AD. From Proto-Malayic *air, from Proto-Malayo-Chamic *air, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan *wair, from Proto-Sunda-Sulawesi *wair, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Pronunciation

  • (Johor-Selangor) IPA(key): /ae(r)/
  • (Riau-Lingga) IPA(key): /aɪ(r)/
  • Rhymes: -ae(r), -e(r)

Noun

air (Jawi spelling اءير‎, informal 1st possessive airku, impolite 2nd possessive airmu, 3rd possessive airnya)

  1. water (liquid H2O)
    • 2012, Faridah Abdul Rashid, Research on the Early Malay Doctors : 1900-1957 : Malaya and Singapore [2]
      loji rawatan air
      water treatment plant

Derived terms

  • air bah / اءير به
  • air mata / اءير مات

Descendants

  • Indonesian: air

References

  • Blust's Austronesian Comparative Dictionary

Norman

Etymology

From Latin āēr.

Noun

air m (plural airs)

  1. air (mixture of gases that make up the earth's atmosphere)

Related terms

  • atmosphère, atmosphéthe

Old French

Alternative forms

  • aer, aïr, ar, eir, aeir, eyer

Etymology

From Latin āēr.

Noun

air m (oblique plural airs, nominative singular airs, nominative plural air)

  1. air (mixture of gases that make up the earth's atmosphere)

Descendants

  • French: air
  • Norman: air
  • Middle English: air, eir
    • English: air
    • Scots: air

Old Irish

Alternative forms

  • ar

Etymology

From the same root as ar (for, preposition).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /arʲ/

Conjunction

air

  1. for (because, since)
    • c. 845, St. Gall Glosses on Priscian, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1975, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. II, pp. 49–224, Sg. 159a2
    • c. 845, St. Gall Glosses on Priscian, published in Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus (reprinted 1975, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), edited and with translations by Whitley Stokes and John Strachan, vol. II, pp. 49–224, Sg. 159a3

Pohnpeian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɐjir/

Verb

air

  1. (transitive) to strip off, as when stripping insulation off a wire
  2. (transitive) to wipe off a ropelike object by drawing it through one's hand or fingers

Scottish Gaelic

Etymology

From Old Irish for (compare Irish ar), from Proto-Celtic *uɸor (compare Welsh ar), from Proto-Indo-European *upér (compare Latin super, Ancient Greek ὑπέρ (hupér), Old English ofer).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛrʲ/

Preposition

air

  1. on, upon
  2. of, concerning
  3. for, on account of
  4. by
  5. for the sake of - air son  - see below, and more under son.

Usage notes

  • Air combines with personal pronouns to form prepositional pronouns. See Derived forms below. Specifically for air the third-person singular masculine pronoun is identical to the uninflected preposition, hence air = on or on him.
  • The word air and its derivates are also used in many idioms:
  • A grammaticalised unit meaning for is formed by a prepositional phrase combining the preposition air / ar with a nominal or pronominal argument and the noun son. (These structures are sometimes called ‘compound prepositions’.)

Derived terms

  • The following prepositional pronouns:

Pronoun

air m

  1. third-person singular masculine of air (on him, on it m)

References

  • “air” in Edward Dwelly, Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary, 10th edition, Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, 1911, →ISBN.
  • A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language (John Grant, Edinburgh, 1925, Complied by Malcolm MacLennan)

Veps

Etymology

From Proto-Finnic *airo.

Noun

air

  1. oar

Welsh

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ai̯r/

Noun

air

  1. Soft mutation of gair.

Mutation


Source: wiktionary.org
  • the mixture of gases breathed by people and animals.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)