Definition of airing in English:



  • 1An exposure to warm or fresh air, for the purpose of ventilating or removing dampness from something.

    ‘somebody had given the place a thorough airing’
    as modifier ‘an airing cupboard’
    • ‘Vacuum curtains once in a while and give the sheets an airing as often as you can.’
    • ‘A product made of felt does not require washing often: a thorough airing in moist weather is usually enough.’
    • ‘When the sun shone we liked to give our blankets a good airing.’
    • ‘Apparently, the covenants of our homeowners association forbid the airing of laundry outside.’
    • ‘Would a good airing on a breezy day be enough to freshen it?’
    ventilating, ventilation, aerating, aeration, freshening, refreshing, cooling, air conditioning
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    1. 1.1 A walk or outing to take air or exercise.
      ‘taking the baby out for an airing’
      • ‘Two big, beautiful dogs that look like Siberian blood-hounds, and which are owned by somebody who lives in lower Fifth-avenue, have been in the habit of taking an airing every afternoon this Summer in and around Washington-square.’
      • ‘The two went out for an airing Monday evening.’
      • ‘On Friday, the nursemaid of the family of Mr. George Thomas, who resides near St. Woolos, was taking one of the children for an airing in one of those blessed perambulators.’
      • ‘Expecting Herbert all the time, I dared not go out, except when I took Provis for an airing after dark.’
      • ‘Miss Amy is gone for an airing.’
      stroll, walk, saunter, turn, jaunt, amble
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  • 2A public expression of an opinion or subject.

    ‘these are ideas I feel might be worth an airing’
    • ‘Though all the cheering may have muffled a public airing of hard questions, insiders knew them all too well: Can golf really work in the inner city?’
    • ‘This sort of ethical perspective has not been given a public airing.’
    • ‘It is excellent to see the results of this work receive a public airing in a very readable form, but at the same time disappointing that the material has not been attacked in a more systematic manner.’
    • ‘Indeed, ethical ‘debate’ on this model, can hardly be more than the airing of opinions.’
    • ‘I hear these topics regularly being discussed in private and feel it is time that a public airing was given to the matter.’
    • ‘There's strength in the diversity of warning systems, if only because it allows the airing of dissenting opinions on whether a particular threat is serious.’
    • ‘Our friend Cath has just had a baby, and has passed on this useful advice. I felt it was worth a wider airing.’
    • ‘The debate was interesting though and it was good to hear the subject getting an airing.’
    • ‘They've said all the allegations and incidents aired in the media so far have been simply the public airing of internal investigations that are already underway.’
    • ‘Nor can it provide the public airing of evidence that is sorely needed here - particularly since this is a case in which a revered institution has used its privileged place to silence victims.’
    • ‘Thanks to a variety of industry sources, we can give several of these projects a public airing for the first time.’
    • ‘There are, though, real issues which need a public airing and an election campaign is one time when those issues should be able to get media time and grab the public attention.’
    • ‘The public airing of what many treated as a private liaison will make many observers more careful about their electronic correspondence.’
    • ‘Shouldn't there be some evenhandedness, with bad buildings by good architects also receiving a public airing?’
    • ‘Whistle-blowers are typically protected by federal and state laws because, as a policy matter, we as a society want to encourage the public airing of official wrongdoing.’
    • ‘Others claimed the problems of the estate should not have received such a public airing.’
    • ‘The public airing of information gathered in a police investigation runs the real risk of contaminating that investigation.’
    • ‘He stressed he was not making any presumptions about her outlook, but said she had considerable experience of incineration projects and her views on this area needed to be given a public airing.’
    • ‘‘It would be an understatement to say I was a bit dismayed, saddened and a little bit angry with the public airing of your views,’ he said.’
    • ‘Is there some further development planned in the future which has not yet had a public airing?’
    expression, voicing, venting, ventilation, articulation, statement, declaration
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    1. 2.1 A transmission of a television or radio programme.
      ‘I hope the BBC gives the play another airing very soon’
      • ‘It is also due to make a national airing on the popular BBC programme Antiques Roadshow this Sunday.’
      • ‘The mid-60s saw a change in the broadcast pattern, with airings now at 10.30 am, 1.30 pm or sometimes both.’
      • ‘Both of these quality sitcoms starting airing on Seven last summer but didn't survive into the ratings season.’
      • ‘Fourth, community cable systems will receive guidance as to how they may more effectively enlist community participation in the airing of broadcast media programs.’
      • ‘Initial airing of the commercial last summer created 40 percent volume peaks, Dannon reports.’
      • ‘It is but one small example, but it proves that the public, if willing, can do something to stop the airing of TV programs that could harm people, especially children.’
      • ‘Life story agreements generally require the subject to go on a press tour in conjunction with the airing of the docudrama.’
      • ‘That all changed on Thursday with the airing of a programme - made for BBC Wales, oddly enough - that you could not take your eyes off for a second.’
      • ‘The ‘repurposing’ of programs allows networks second airings of shows on their cable properties to boost viewership and gather more advertising dollars.’
      • ‘The popularity of the game has been fueled by the airing of tournaments and celebrity games on American television.’
      • ‘The find will be covered in greater detail in a documentary airing early next year on the National Geographic Channel.’
      • ‘Westbury station hit the big time this week with the airing of a BBC TV drama starring James Nesbitt.’
      • ‘Because of its repeated airings on cable and satellite, it is still possible to catch it on television, but it is worth buying as well.’
      • ‘The song, printed below, which had its first airing on BBC Radio Swindon, is a blend of guitar and keyboard work with some uplifting words of encouragement for the boys.’
      • ‘Five further episodes, not screened in the first run, have turned up in repeat airings.’
      • ‘Because that's when the new Chanel No 5 ad hits cinema screens, with a first airing on television the following week.’
      • ‘The use of government authority and political power to stop the airing of cable TV programs, thus denying the public of its right to news is being closely watched.’
      • ‘Even the smallest of the ITV stations at times tried hard to get an airing for some of the special programmes that they had made.’
      • ‘Special encore airings of the six episode series will run on Sunday nights from 9:00-10:00 p.m.’
      • ‘This programme will have its first airing on Saturday 2nd April.’
      broadcast, transmission, televising, showing, relaying, telecast, dissemination
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