aerial (adj.)

also aërial, c. 1600, "pertaining to the air," from Latin aerius "airy, aerial, lofty, high" (from Greek aerios "of the air, pertaining to air," from aēr "air;" see air (n.1)). With adjectival suffix -al (1). Also in English "consisting of air," hence, figuratively, "of a light and graceful beauty; insubstantial" (c. 1600). From 1915 as "by means of aircraft." From the Latin collateral form aereus comes the alternative English spelling aereal.

aerial (n.)

1902, short for aerial antenna, etc.

updated on November 03, 2018

Definitions of aerial from WordNet
aerial (n.)
a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer;
Synonyms: forward pass
aerial (n.)
an electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals;
Synonyms: antenna / transmitting aerial
aerial (adj.)
existing or living or growing or operating in the air;
aerial photography
aerial warfare
aerial particles
aerial cable cars
small aerial creatures such as butterflies
aerial roots of a philodendron
aerial (adj.)
characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air; "figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away"- Thomas Carlyle;
aerial fancies
Synonyms: aeriform / airy / aery / ethereal
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