Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, in, or caused by the air.
  • adj. Existing or living in the air.
  • adj. Reaching high into the air; lofty.
  • adj. Suggestive of air, as in lightness; airy.
  • adj. Unsubstantial; imaginary.
  • adj. Of, for, or by means of aircraft: aerial photography.
  • adj. Botany Growing or borne above the ground or water: aerial roots.
  • n. A radio antenna, especially one suspended in or extending into the air.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, in, or from the air; atmospheric
  • adj. ethereal
  • n. A device for receiving or transmitting radio, television signals etc.
  • n. A dance move involving one or both feet leaving the ground.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the air, or atmosphere; inhabiting or frequenting the air; produced by or found in the air; performed in the air.
  • adj. Consisting of air; resembling, or partaking of the nature of air. Hence: Unsubstantial; unreal.
  • adj. Rising aloft in air; high; lofty.
  • adj. Growing, forming, living, or existing in the air, as opposed to growing or existing in earth or water, or underground.
  • adj. Light as air; ethereal.
  • adj. operating or operated overhead especially on elevated cables.
  • adj. operating or moving in the air.
  • n. a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer.
  • n. a metallic wire, rod, or combination of rods connected to an electronic device, designed to send or receive radio or television signals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging or pertaining to the air or atmosphere; inhabiting or frequenting the air; existing or happening in the air; produced by or in the air: as, aërial regions; aërial perspective; aërial songsters; aërial ascents.
  • Consisting of air; partaking of the nature of air; airy; hence, unsubstantial; visionary: as, aërial beings; aërial fancies; an aërial castle.
  • Reaching far into the air; high; lofty; elevated: as, aërial spires; an aërial flight.
  • Possessed of a light and graceful beauty; ethereal.
  • In botany, growing in the air, and independently of the soil, as epiphytes, or the adventitious roots of some trees: as, aërial orchids or roots.
  • A name sometimes applied to systems of transportation by cars suspended from a rail or rope above them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. existing or living or growing or operating in the air
  • n. an electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals
  • adj. characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air
  • n. a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer

Etymologies

From Latin āerius, from Greek āerios, from āēr, air; see wer-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin aerius, from Ancient Greek ἀέριος (aerios). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • The North Korean military accused Japan this week of conducting spying missions and warned that it would "not tolerate even a bit" of what it calls aerial reconnaissance by Tokyo, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

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  • THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS: Awarded for extreme valor or achievement while in aerial flight.

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  • Kate's position is guaranteed; Canada wants her on board as an expert in aerial zoology.

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  • “The Syrians have invested so much in aerial defences, especially against choppers and the Americans go in in daylight and nothing is being done.”

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