Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mining, an apparatus by which pure air is forced into parts badly ventilated, and the foul air extracted.

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  • For civilized man, in his latest art of war, has gone back to be taught one more simple lesson by the beasts of the field and birds of the air; the armed hosts are hushed and stilled by the passing air-machine, exactly as the finches and field-mice of hedgerow and ditch and field are frozen to stillness by the shadow of a hovering hawk, the beat of its passing wing.

    Action Front

  • Successive improvements made in the Montgolfiers 'original invention permitted bold physicists ere long to risk themselves in a vessel attached to the air-machine.

    A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times, Volume 6

  • Boyd Cable is writing of men in the trenches: "Civilised Man, in his latest art of war, has gone back to be taught one more simple lesson by the beast of the field and the birds of the air; the armed hosts are hushed and stilled by the passing air-machine, exactly as the finches and field-mice of hedgerow and ditch and field are frozen to stillness by the shadow of a hovering hawk, the beat of its passing wing."

    Science and Morals and Other Essays

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