airy

airy
adjective (airier; -est) Date: 14th century 1. a. of or relating to air ; atmospheric b. high in the air ; lofty <
airy perches
>
c. performed in air ; aerial <
airy leaps
>
2. unreal, illusory <
airy romances
>
3. a. being light and graceful in movement or manner ; sprightly, vivacious <
an airy dance
>
b. exceptionally light, delicate, or refined <
an airy fragrance
>
4. a. open to the free circulation of air <
an airy room
>
b. having openings or spaces <
airy lacework
>
5. affected, proud <
airy condescension
>
airily adverbairiness noun

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  • Airy — (spr. ǟrĭ), Sir George Biddell, Astronom, geb. 27. Juli 1801 zu Alnwick in Northumberland, gest. 4. Jan. 1892 in London, studierte in Cambridge, wurde 1828 Professor und Direktor der Sternwarte daselbst und war 1836–81 Direktor der Sternwarte in… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • airy — (adj.) late 14c., of the air, made of air, from AIR (Cf. air) (n.1) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Meaning breezy is attested from 1590s; that of lively is from 1640s. Sense of vain, unsubstantial is from 1580s. Disparaging airy fairy is attested from 1920… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Airy — Airy, G. B., Professor der Astronomie u. Director der Sternwarte zu Greenwich 1830 Nachfolger von Pond. Er schr.: Gravitation, an elementary Explanation of the principal Perturbations in the Solarsystem, Land. 1834 (deutsch von Littrow, Stuttg.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Airy — (spr. ehri), Sir George Biddell, engl. Astronom, geb. 27. Juli 1801 zu Alnwick in Northumberland, 1836 81 Direktor der Sternwarte zu Greenwich, gest. 4. Jan. 1892 zu London. »Autobiography« (1896) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • airy — index insubstantial, intangible, subtle (refined), tenuous Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Airy — Airy, sir George Biddell …   Enciclopedia Universal

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