Definition of Aerial

1. Noun. A pass to a receiver downfield from the passer.

Exact synonyms: Forward Pass
Generic synonyms: Pass, Passing, Passing Game, Passing Play
Specialized synonyms: Flare, Flare Pass, Screen Pass

2. Adjective. Existing or living or growing or operating in the air. "Aerial cable cars"
Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Similar to: Free-flying
Derivative terms: Air

3. Noun. An electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals.

4. Adjective. Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air. "Physical rather than ethereal forms"
Exact synonyms: Aeriform, Aery, Airy, Ethereal
Similar to: Insubstantial, Unreal, Unsubstantial
Derivative terms: Airiness

Definition of Aerial

1. Adjective. of, in, or from the air; atmospheric ¹

2. Adjective. ethereal ¹

3. Noun. A device for receiving or transmitting radio, television signals etc. ¹

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Definition of Aerial

1. an antenna [n -S] - See also: antenna

Medical Definition of Aerial

1. Something that is found in or takes place in the air. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Aerial

aeration basin
aeration zone
aeration zones
aerenchymous tissue
aerial (current term)
aerial cableway
aerial camera
aerial ladder
aerial ladder truck
aerial mycelium
aerial photography
aerial ping pong
aerial railway
aerial root
aerial roots
aerial ropeway
aerial runway
aerial runways
aerial sickness

Literary usage of Aerial

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lancet (1898)
"He regarded this case at the time as an instance of aerial spread because ... He believed that all cases where the aerial convection was believed to be in ..."

2. The Aerospace Year Book (1919)
"aerial MAIL TO-DAY AND TO-MORROW THE day of experiments has passed in the project of an aerial mail service. To-day the use of the airplane in the carrying ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"aerial CONVEYER. See CONVEYER. of. The rapid development of aerial navigation seems as yet to have produced no actual decisions upon the novel questions of ..."

4. The Mechanics' Magazine (1854)
"It is peculiarly unfortunate that many persons are unable to consider the subject of aerial transit apart from terrestrial attributes, thereby investing the ..."

5. Aircraft Year Book by Manufacturers Aircraft Association (1921)
"aerial LAW RESOLUTION BY AMERICAN LEGION The American Legion, at its National Convention in Cleveland, September 27, adopted the following resolution: ..."

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