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AIR, n. L. aer Heb. to shine. The radical sense is to open, expand whence clear or to flow, to shoot, to radiate.

1. The fluid which we breathe. Air is inodorous, invisible, insipid, colorless, elastic, possessed of gravity, easily moved, rarefied, and condensed.

Atmospheric air is a compound fluid, consisting of oxygen gas, and nitrogen or azote the proportion of each is stated by chimists differently some experiments making the oxygen a twenty-eighth part of a hundred others, not more than a twenty-third, or something less. The latter is probably the true proportion.

Oxygen gas is called vital air. The body of air surrounding the earth is called the atmosphere. The specific gravity of air is to that of water, nearly as 1 to 828. Air is necessary to life being inhaled into the lungs, the oxygenous part is separated from the azotic, and it is supposed to furnish the body with heat and animation. It is the medium of sounds and necessary to combustion.

2. Air in motion a light breeze.

Let vernal airs through trembling osiers play.

3. Vent utterance abroad publication publicity as, a story has taken air.

You gave it air before me.

Wind is used in like manner.

4. A tune a short song or piece of music adapted to words also, the peculiar modulation of the notes, which gives music its character as, a soft air. A song or piece of poetry for singing also, the leading part of a tune, or that which is intended to exhibit the greatest variety of melody.
5. The peculiar look, appearance, manner or mien of a person as, a heavy air the air of youth a graceful air a lofty air. It is applied to manners or gestures, as well as to features.
6. Airs, in the plural, is used to denote an affected manner, show of pride, haughtiness as, when it is said of a person, he puts on airs. The word is used also to express the artificial motions or carriage of a horse.
7. In painting, that which expresses the life of action manner gesture attitude.
8. Any thing light or uncertain that is light as air.

Who builds his hope in air of your fair looks. Obs.

9. Advice intelligence information. Obs.
10. Different states of air are characterized by different epithets as, good air, foul air, morning air, evening air and sometimes airs may have been used for or vapor, but the use is not legitimate.

To take the air, is to go abroad to walk or ride a little distance.

To take air, is to be divulged to be made public.


1. To expose to the air to give access to the open air to ventilate as, to air clothes to air a room.
2. To expose to heat to warm as, to air liquors.
3. To dry by a fire to expel dampness as, to air linen.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Air'. King James Dictionary.

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