Note: these 'words' (valid or invalid) are all the permutations of the word air. These words are obtained by scrambling the letters in air.
Definitions and meaning of air
aire, ayre, eyr (obsolete)
ayr (especially when referring to the form of music)
From Middle Englishair, eir(“gas, atmosphere”), from Anglo-Normanaeir, eyer, Old Frenchaire, eir, from Latināēr, from Ancient Greekἀήρ(aḗr, “wind, atmosphere”). Displaced native Middle Englishluft, lift(“air”) (from Old Englishlyft(“air, atmosphere”)), Middle Englishloft(“air, upper region”) (from Old Norselopt(“air, sky, loft”)). More at lift, loft.
Homophones: Ayr, ere, heir, are (unit of measurement); err (one pronunciation)
air (countable and uncountable, pluralairs)
(uncountable, meteorology) The substance constituting earth's atmosphere, particularly:
(historical, philosophy, alchemy) understood as one of the four elements of the ancient Greeks and Romans.
(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.
(physics) understood as a gaseous mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and various trace gases.
(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.
A breeze; a gentle wind.
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.
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."
(usually in the plural) Pretension; snobbishness; pretence that one is better than others.
(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[…]"
(informal) Nothing; absence of anything.
(countable, uncountable) An air conditioner or the processed air it produces.
(obsolete, chemistry) Any specific gas.
(snowboarding, skateboarding, motor sports) A jump in which one becomes airborne.
A television or radio signal.
Pages starting with “air”.
See air/translations § Noun.
air (third-person singular simple presentairs, present participleairing, simple past and past participleaired)
To bring (something) into contact with the air, so as to freshen or dry it.
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.
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.
(transitive) To broadcast (a television show etc.).
(intransitive) To be broadcast.
This game show first aired in the 1990s and is still going today.
(Britain, MLE, slang) To ignore.
ARI, Ari, IAR, IRA, Ira, RIA, Rai, rai, raï, ria
Borrowed from Frenchair, from Middle Frenchair, from Old Frenchair, from Latināēr.
air(mixture of gases that make up the earth's atmosphere)
→ Middle English: air, eir
From the same root as ar(“for”, preposition).
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
(transitive) to strip off, as when stripping insulation off a wire
(transitive) to wipe off a ropelike object by drawing it through one's hand or fingers
From Old Irishfor (compare Irishar), from Proto-Celtic*uɸor (compare Welshar), from Proto-Indo-European*upér (compare Latinsuper, Ancient Greekὑπέρ(hupér), Old Englishofer).
for, on account of
for the sake of - air son - see below, and more under son.
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’.)
The following prepositional pronouns:
third-person singular masculine of air(on him, on it m)
“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)