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’
    • ‘Would a good airing on a breezy day be enough to freshen it?’
    • ‘A product made of felt does not require washing often: a thorough airing in moist weather is usually enough.’
    • ‘Apparently, the covenants of our homeowners association forbid the airing of laundry outside.’
    • ‘Vacuum curtains once in a while and give the sheets an airing as often as you can.’
    • ‘When the sun shone we liked to give our blankets a good airing.’
    ventilating, ventilation, aerating, aeration, freshening, refreshing, cooling, air conditioning
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1A walk or outing to take air or exercise.
      ‘taking the baby out for an airing’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The two went out for an airing Monday evening.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      stroll, walk, saunter, turn, jaunt, amble
      View synonyms
  • 2A public expression of an opinion or subject.

    ‘these are ideas I feel might be worth an airing’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The public airing of information gathered in a police investigation runs the real risk of contaminating that investigation.’
    • ‘Indeed, ethical ‘debate’ on this model, can hardly be more than the airing of opinions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This sort of ethical perspective has not been given a public airing.’
    • ‘Thanks to a variety of industry sources, we can give several of these projects a public airing for the first time.’
    • ‘The debate was interesting though and it was good to hear the subject getting an airing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Our friend Cath has just had a baby, and has passed on this useful advice. I felt it was worth a wider airing.’
    • ‘I hear these topics regularly being discussed in private and feel it is time that a public airing was given to the matter.’
    • ‘Is there some further development planned in the future which has not yet had 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others claimed the problems of the estate should not have received such 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.’
    expression, voicing, venting, ventilation, articulation, statement, declaration
    View synonyms
    1. 2.1A transmission of a television or radio programme.
      ‘I hope the BBC gives the play another airing very soon’
      • ‘Westbury station hit the big time this week with the airing of a BBC TV drama starring James Nesbitt.’
      • ‘The ‘repurposing’ of programs allows networks second airings of shows on their cable properties to boost viewership and gather more advertising dollars.’
      • ‘Because that's when the new Chanel No 5 ad hits cinema screens, with a first airing on television the following week.’
      • ‘Life story agreements generally require the subject to go on a press tour in conjunction with the airing of the docudrama.’
      • ‘The mid-60s saw a change in the broadcast pattern, with airings now at 10.30 am, 1.30 pm or sometimes both.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 popularity of the game has been fueled by the airing of tournaments and celebrity games on American television.’
      • ‘It is also due to make a national airing on the popular BBC programme Antiques Roadshow this Sunday.’
      • ‘Special encore airings of the six episode series will run on Sunday nights from 9:00-10:00 p.m.’
      • ‘The find will be covered in greater detail in a documentary airing early next year on the National Geographic Channel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Five further episodes, not screened in the first run, have turned up in repeat airings.’
      • ‘This programme will have its first airing on Saturday 2nd April.’
      • ‘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.’
      broadcast, transmission, televising, showing, relaying, telecast, dissemination
      View synonyms