from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. to go abroad; to walk or ride out.
- transitive v. See under Air.
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One evening the King and the ladies of the Court rode out to take the air in the forest, but the Queen, being a little indisposed did not go; I stayed to wait upon her, and she walked down to the pond-side, and dismissed her gentlemen ushers, that she might be more at liberty.
My aunt, Mary Beton, I must tell you, died by a fall from her horse when she was riding out to take the air in Bombay.