American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not open to a free current of air; wanting fresh air or communication with open air.
- Without air; devoid of atmosphere.
- adj. Lacking or being without air.
- adj. Lacking air circulation.
- adj. With air that is stale.
- adj. medicine Suffering from asphyxia.
- adj. figuratively stifling; dead; lacking vitality or excitement
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not open to a free current of air; wanting fresh air, or communication with the open air.
- adj. lacking fresh air
- air + -less (Wiktionary)
“We’ve turned revelation into drudgery, shut ourselves in airless rooms, and covered over the windows.”
“There are also some interesting and original new maps, such as airless moons and other planetary environments.”
“In his much-discussed Introduction to Best American Short Stories 2007, Stephen King complained about reading lots of stories that felt "airless".”
“The plastic chairs lining the perimeter of the musty, airless room eventually fill as twenty-two girls and their two facilitators, one of whom is Elena Martínez, the parish receptionist, wander in.”
“After this dull, airless misfire, which is a failure on almost every level, it's no wonder that Craven again journeyed back into the Weinstein pit see or don't: Cursed for Scream 4.”
“Only later did I learn that both Borgonie and Derek Litthauer, a rugged and experienced professor and mine diver from Bloemfontein, have on occasion been evacuated from an especially hot or airless tunnel and sent back to the surface.”
“So painfully over-written, airless and devoid of any shred of human emotion it makes me long for the old-time charms of 30 Seconds to Mars.”
“Right through the summer, Jeremy would stand at the top of a tall wooden ladder in those boxy, airless rooms in the Leeper building, wearing, I recall, comparatively tight-fitting shorts, while I did my best to read off the shelf lists (meaning drawers densely laden with cards), performing this function from as advantageously configured a vantage point below.”
“And to me, a plot that's "airtight," his preferred sort, makes a fiction airless - little more than an argument, as you suggest, and, worse, an argument of the sort in an advice column, or a politician's speech.”
“We spend most of our time in an airless booth arguing with each other," said Mr. Abumrad, 37, who seemed in awe that several hundred people would stay seated for two hours.”
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