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

  • n. Slang Empty, exaggerated talk.

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  • n. Air that has been heated, especially so as to function as the lifting agent of a hot-air balloon.
  • n. Empty, confused or exaggerated talk having no meaning or substance.

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

  • n. loud and confused and empty talk
  • n. air that has been heated and tends to rise


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  • Disantis fired once and then crouched next to the dead policeman as a wash of hot air struck him.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • The hot air blasred us as we stepped off the plane.

    Barbara Bush

  • Their own faces were sallow with the unwholesomeness of hot air and sedentary toil, rather than with any actual signs of want: they were employed in a fashionable millinery establishment, and were fairly well clothed and well paid; but the youngest among them was as dull and colourless as the middle-aged.

    The House of Mirth

  • We had our tea uncomfortably in the painted lounge, while the band played somewhere out of sight and one or two couples danced languidly in the hot air on an enormous floor.

    Movie Night

  • Cooled by the night, the water vapour in the hot air trapped in the hole condensed into visible water droplets, which formed on the cold unporous plastic, trickled downhill to the weighted point, and dripped from there into the cup.


  • Embarked in whaleboats or birch-canoes, they glided under the silent moon, or in the languid glare of a breathless August day, when islands floated in a dreamy-haze, and the hot air was thick with odors of the pines.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • The crawler's airā€‘conditioning had replaced the hot air with a fresh soothing coolness.

    Flinx In Flux

  • Murmurous sounds came from the cellar, and a wave of hot air and cheese.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • In like manner I subjoin as a negative to hot air the nature of air itself.

    The New Organon

  • The outside of the Volvo was pearled with dew, but the heater warmed up fast, and Cara drove down the quiet streets with the hot air blasting her feet.



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