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Air vs. Atmosphere

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Airnoun

The substance constituting earth's atmosphere, particularly:

‘I'm going outside to get some air.’;

Atmospherenoun

The gases surrounding the Earth or any astronomical body.

Airnoun

understood as one of the four elements of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Atmospherenoun

The air in a particular place.

Airnoun

understood as a particular local substance with supposed effects on human health.

‘There was a tension in the air which made me suspect an approaching storm.’;

Atmospherenoun

The apparent mood felt in an environment.

Airnoun

(physics) understood as a gaseous mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, and various trace gases.

Atmospherenoun

A unit of measurement for pressure equal to 101325 Pa (symbol: atm)

Airnoun

The apparently open space above the ground which this substance fills, (historical) formerly thought to be limited by the firmament but (meteorology) now considered surrounded by the near vacuum of outer space.

‘The flock of birds took to the air.’;

Atmospherenoun

The whole mass of aëriform fluid surrounding the earth; - applied also to the gaseous envelope of any celestial orb, or other body; as, the atmosphere of Mars.

‘An atmosphere of cold oxygen.’;

Airnoun

A breeze; a gentle wind.

Atmospherenoun

A supposed medium around various bodies; as, electrical atmosphere, a medium formerly supposed to surround electrical bodies.

Airnoun

A feeling or sense.

‘to give it an air of artistry and sophistication’;

Atmospherenoun

The pressure or weight of the air at the sea level, on a unit of surface, or about 14.7 lbs. to the sq. inch.

‘Hydrogen was liquefied under a pressure of 650 atmospheres.’;

Airnoun

A sense of poise, graciousness, or quality.

Atmospherenoun

Any surrounding or pervading influence or condition.

‘The chillest of social atmospheres.’;

Airnoun

(usually plural) Pretension; snobbishness; pretence that one is better than others.

‘putting on airs’;

Atmospherenoun

The portion of air in any locality, or affected by a special physical or sanitary condition; as, the atmosphere of the room; a moist or noxious atmosphere.

Airnoun

(music) A song, especially a solo; an aria.

Atmospherenoun

a particular environment or surrounding influence;

‘there was an atmosphere of excitement’;

Airnoun

(informal) Nothing; absence of anything.

Atmospherenoun

a unit of pressure: the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at sea level and 0 degrees centigrade

Airnoun

An air conditioner or the processed air it produces. Can be a mass noun or a count noun depending on context; similar to hair.

‘Could you turn on the air?’; ‘Hey, did you mean to leave the airs on all week while you were on vacation?’;

Atmospherenoun

the mass of air surrounding the Earth;

‘there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere’; ‘it was exposed to the air’;

Airnoun

Any specific gas.

Atmospherenoun

the weather or climate at some place;

‘the atmosphere was thick with fog’;

Airnoun

A jump in which one becomes airborne.

Atmospherenoun

the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body

Airnoun

A television or radio signal.

Atmospherenoun

a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing;

‘an air of mystery’; ‘the house had a neglected air’; ‘an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters’; ‘the place had an aura of romance’;

Airverb

To bring (something) into contact with the air, so as to freshen or dry it.

Atmosphere

An atmosphere (from the greek words ἀτμός (atmos), meaning 'vapour', and σφαῖρα (sphaira), meaning 'ball' or 'sphere') is a layer or a set of layers of gases surrounding a planet or other material body, that is held in place by the gravity of that body. An atmosphere is more likely to be retained if the gravity it is subject to is high and the temperature of the atmosphere is low.

Airverb

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.’;

Airverb

To discuss varying viewpoints on a given topic.

Airverb

(transitive) To broadcast (a television show etc.).

Airverb

(intransitive) To be broadcast.

‘This game show first aired in the 1990s and is still going today.’;

Airverb

To ignore.

Airnoun

The fluid which we breathe, and which surrounds the earth; the atmosphere. It is invisible, inodorous, insipid, transparent, compressible, elastic, and ponderable.

Airnoun

Symbolically: Something unsubstantial, light, or volatile.

‘He was still all air and fire.’;

Airnoun

A particular state of the atmosphere, as respects heat, cold, moisture, etc., or as affecting the sensations; as, a smoky air, a damp air, the morning air, etc.

Airnoun

Any aëriform body; a gas; as, oxygen was formerly called vital air.

Airnoun

Air in motion; a light breeze; a gentle wind.

‘Let vernal airs through trembling osiers play.’;

Airnoun

Odoriferous or contaminated air.

Airnoun

That which surrounds and influences.

‘The keen, the wholesome air of poverty.’;

Airnoun

Utterance abroad; publicity; vent.

‘You gave it air before me.’;

Airnoun

Intelligence; information.

Airnoun

A musical idea, or motive, rhythmically developed in consecutive single tones, so as to form a symmetrical and balanced whole, which may be sung by a single voice to the stanzas of a hymn or song, or even to plain prose, or played upon an instrument; a melody; a tune; an aria.

Airnoun

The peculiar look, appearance, and bearing of a person; mien; demeanor; as, the air of a youth; a heavy air; a lofty air.

Airnoun

Peculiar appearance; apparent character; semblance; manner; style.

‘It was communicated with the air of a secret.’;

Airnoun

An artificial or affected manner; show of pride or vanity; haughtiness; as, it is said of a person, he puts on airs.

Airnoun

The representation or reproduction of the effect of the atmospheric medium through which every object in nature is viewed.

Airnoun

The artificial motion or carriage of a horse.

Airverb

To expose to the air for the purpose of cooling, refreshing, or purifying; to ventilate; as, to air a room.

‘It were good wisdom . . . that the jail were aired.’; ‘Were you but riding forth to air yourself.’;

Airverb

To expose for the sake of public notice; to display ostentatiously; as, to air one's opinion.

‘Airing a snowy hand and signet gem.’;

Airverb

To expose to heat, for the purpose of expelling dampness, or of warming; as, to air linen; to air liquors.

Airnoun

a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of;

‘air pollution’; ‘a smell of chemicals in the air’; ‘open a window and let in some air’; ‘I need some fresh air’;

Airnoun

travel via aircraft;

‘air travel involves too much waiting in airports’; ‘if you've time to spare go by air’;

Airnoun

the region above the ground;

‘her hand stopped in mid air’; ‘he threw the ball into the air’;

Airnoun

medium for radio and television broadcasting;

‘the program was on the air from 9 til midnight’; ‘the president used the airwaves to take his message to the people’;

Airnoun

a slight wind (usually refreshing);

‘the breeze was cooled by the lake’; ‘as he waited he could feel the air on his neck’;

Airnoun

a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing;

‘an air of mystery’; ‘the house had a neglected air’; ‘an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters’; ‘the place had an aura of romance’;

Airnoun

the mass of air surrounding the Earth;

‘there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere’; ‘it was exposed to the air’;

Airnoun

a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence;

‘she was humming an air from Beethoven’;

Airnoun

once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles)

Airverb

expose to fresh air;

‘aerate your old sneakers’;

Airverb

be broadcast;

‘This show will air Saturdays at 2 P.M.’;

Airverb

broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television;

‘We cannot air this X-rated song’;

Airverb

make public;

‘She aired her opinions on welfare’;

Airverb

expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry;

‘Air linen’;

Airverb

expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen;

‘air the old winter clothes’; ‘air out the smoke-filled rooms’;

Airadjective

relating to or characteristic of or occurring in the air;

‘air war’; ‘air safety’; ‘air travel’; ‘sea stories’; ‘sea smells’; ‘sea traffic’;

Airnoun

the invisible gaseous substance surrounding the earth, a mixture mainly of oxygen and nitrogen.

Airnoun

air regarded as necessary for breathing

‘the air was stale’; ‘the doctor told me to get some fresh air’;

Airnoun

the free or unconfined space above the surface of the earth

‘he celebrated by tossing his hat high in the air’;

Airnoun

referring to the use of aircraft

‘air traffic’; ‘all goods must come in by air’;

Airnoun

the earth's atmosphere as a medium for transmitting radio waves

‘radio stations have successfully sold products over the air’;

Airnoun

one of the four elements in ancient and medieval philosophy and in astrology (considered essential to the nature of the signs of Gemini, Aquarius, and Libra)

‘an air sign’;

Airnoun

a breeze or light wind.

Airnoun

an impression of a quality or manner given by someone or something

‘he leaned over with a confidential air’; ‘she answered with a faint air of boredom’;

Airnoun

an annoyingly affected and condescending manner

‘he began to put on airs and think he could boss us around’;

Airnoun

a tune or short melodious song

‘traditional Scottish airs sung in the Gaelic tongue’;

Airnoun

a jump off the ground on a snowboard or skateboard.

Airverb

express (an opinion or grievance) publicly

‘a meeting in which long-standing grievances were aired’;

Airverb

broadcast (a programme) on radio or television

‘the programmes were aired on India's state TV network’;

Airverb

parade or show (something) ostentatiously

‘he took the opportunity of airing his knowledge of antiquity’;

Airverb

expose (a room) to the open air in order to ventilate it

‘the window sashes were lifted regularly to air the room’;

Airverb

warm (washed laundry) to remove dampness

‘I was airing the sheets’;

Airverb

go out in the fresh air

‘to go and air myself in my native fields’;

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