Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Erected in the air; having no solid foundation; chimerical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Erected in the air; having no solid foundation; chimerical: as, an air-built castle; air-built hopes.

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Examples

  • Certainly, by contrast with his air-built image of himself as a worthy astronomer, received by all the world, and the envied husband of Viviette, the present imputation was humiliating.

    Two on a Tower

  • She had smiled at it as such when Dorcas used to hint at it; but are there no castles in the clouds which we like to inhabit, although we know them altogether air-built, and whose evaporation desolates us?

    Wylder's Hand

  • I was grieved for him; I was grieved for the overthrow of all our air-built castles; but, with the elasticity of youth, I soon recovered the shock.

    Agnes Grey

  • They rarely summon the courage to attack those heroic dummies which are not soldiers but idols set up in a glorious battlefield that never existed except as a romance among the unimaginative; the fine figures and the splendid war that were air-built of a rapture.

    Waiting for Daylight

  • Her time passed in listening to the complaints of the impoverished aristocrats, or in attending to the air-built projects of their triumphant adversaries.

    Memoirs of Mary Robinson

  • Certainly, by contrast with his air-built image of himself as a worthy astronomer, received by all the world, and the envied husband of

    Two on a Tower

  • Before him lay an awful necessity -- the necessity of going to Beaubocage to tell those who loved him how their air-built castles had been shattered by this deed of his.

    Charlotte's Inheritance

  • I tried to address myself to the volume before me, but my busy imagination had turned architect, and was erecting air-built tenements of the most magnificent and gorgeous nature.

    Odd Leaves from the Life of a Louisiana "Swamp Doctor"

  • But many a man who would have stood within a home dismantled, strong in his passion and design of vengeance, has had the firmness of his nature conquered by the razing of an air-built castle.

    Martin Chuzzlewit

  • Cloud-image, or Armida's Palace, air-built, does the Actual body itself forth from the great mystic Deep.

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

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