Definition of aerial in US English:

aerial

adjective

  • 1attributive Existing, happening, or operating in the air.

    ‘an aerial battle’
    ‘an intrepid aerial adventurer’
    • ‘Just what will happen when an aerial appliance is needed?’
    • ‘He began to fear the training for the aerial battles.’
    • ‘No aerial operations were mounted on September 9.’
    • ‘They are refillable during aerial refuel operations.’
    • ‘One especially valuable contribution of the book is its analysis of numerous small aerial battles.’
    • ‘The three of them continued to circle around each other in the endless waltz of the aerial battle.’
    • ‘Most of the Barbarians had stopped their fighting, and now watched the aerial battle.’
    • ‘Europeans have a vast network of aerial tramways, ski lifts, and public transportation.’
    • ‘One such area is operating and maintaining unmanned aerial vehicles.’
    • ‘He appeared with regularity at both ends of the field, won quite a few aerial battles and most importantly, a lot of breaks.’
    • ‘And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind.’
    • ‘The winners were especially to the fore in the aerial battles where they dominated a physically weaker Kerry outfit.’
    • ‘Periodically, we are treated to ethereal aerial battles.’
    • ‘We should see lots of aerial lifts and stunning drops.’
    • ‘He stared, wide eyed, as the flames floated down to the planet below the aerial battle.’
    • ‘He has been spotted in the aerial battles and has caused a few of our kin to drop from the skies.’
    • ‘The guard outside turned his head to look at the aerial battle as he finished up.’
    • ‘An American pilot sacrificed his life in an aerial battle with Japanese planes in defence of Shanghai.’
    • ‘What sets our game apart from the others is the enormous aerial battles that were prevalent at the time.’
    • ‘Dublin commanded proceedings by keeping the ball in the air and winning the aerial battle.’
    raised, upraised, uplifted, lifted up, high up, aloft, overhead, hoisted
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    1. 1.1 Coming or carried out from the air, especially using aircraft.
      ‘aerial bombardment of civilian targets’
      ‘aerial photography’
      • ‘Then, we have much more public things that happen, like the aerial shooting of wolves in Alaska.’
      • ‘They are also used in GIS offices to scan in existing maps and aerial photographs.’
      • ‘He was at the scene yesterday and was one of the team which carried out an aerial assessment.’
      • ‘Both aircraft were utilised for aerial reconnaissance, and flew more than 100 hours.’
      • ‘It also explains the reliance on aerial bombardment of civilians.’
      • ‘Prominent among these were U - 2 reconnaissance aircraft, which began taking aerial photography of Cuban territory.’
      • ‘Some European countries still do not allow aerial photography by civilians.’
      • ‘The aircraft is also capable of carrying a range of aerial bombs with a total weight up to 40 tons.’
      • ‘Italy was at war with Libya, and began using aircraft and airships for aerial reconnaissance.’
      • ‘Some people specialize in aerial photography.’
      • ‘A helicopter was dispatched to carry out an aerial assessment of the rural situation.’
      • ‘I do not find the absence of aircraft from the 1986 aerial photograph to be evidence of abandonment.’
      • ‘The research could also be used in traffic monitoring, aerial photography and detecting hazardous substances.’
      • ‘The aircraft was used for aerial mapping.’
      • ‘Instead, its primary mission was to protect Red Army operations from aerial attacks by the enemy.’
      • ‘But instead of calling up a drawn map, the site uses pictures taken from satellites and aircraft to give an aerial view of a territory.’
      • ‘There's satellite inventory; there's aerial photography; there's video links; there's a whole raft of things we can tap into now.’
      • ‘It's been 10 days since that massive aerial bombardment.’
      • ‘The aerial photography specialist took the picture using a top-of-the-range camera.’
      • ‘He evolved into a remarkably well-rounded explorer - a pioneer of geography and aerial photography.’
    2. 1.2 (of a part of a plant) growing above ground.
      ‘knobby sections of aerial roots’
      • ‘All primary aerial surfaces of plants are covered by a cuticle.’
      • ‘Simple trichomes are present on aerial surfaces of most angiosperms and on some gymnosperms and bryophytes.’
      • ‘The harvested root and aerial parts of the plant are used.’
      • ‘Nicotine and tropane alkaloids are formed in the roots and transported to the aerial parts of the plant.’
      • ‘Most of these studies have focused mainly on targeting genes in the aerial parts of the plant.’
    3. 1.3 (of a bird) spending much of its time in flight.
      • ‘Though bats and birds are both aerial creatures, records of their interaction have been extremely rare.’
      • ‘Analyses of the energetic costs of flight have identified optimal strategies for aerial bats, birds, and insects.’
      • ‘It also has a tiny beak with a large gape which help the bird catch its aerial prey.’
      • ‘But hawk owls, perhaps descended from bird hunters, are skilled aerial predators in their own right.’
      • ‘Swifts are the most rapid fliers known among living creatures and the most aerial of birds…’
    4. 1.4 Of or in the atmosphere; atmospheric.
      • ‘Air conditioner filters help preserve the walls and fixtures by removing dust and other aerial particles.’
      • ‘One man reported major fish kills in the wild after aerial sprayings of DDT.’
      • ‘Tests are under way to determine the safety and effectiveness of aerial applications.’
      • ‘There's some information there suggesting that there's no regulation of aerial spraying and that there's no policing.’
      • ‘Despite evidence of the carcinogenic properties of pesticides, aerial spraying remains widespread.’

noun

  • 1British

    ‘jiggle the aerial on the radio’
    another term for antenna (sense 2)
    • ‘Immediately below the vision aerial is the aerial for the accompanying sound transmissions.’
    • ‘The driver had found a handkerchief and tied it round the radio aerial as a makeshift white flag.’
    • ‘The boot opens by remote control, and the radio aerial is cleverly hidden in the rear spoiler.’
    • ‘Vandals also ripped a television aerial off the roof.’
    • ‘He's up on a television aerial just across the road.’
    flagpole, flagstaff, pole, post, rod, support, upright
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  • 2aerialsA type of maneuver in gymnastics, skiing, or surfing involving freestyle jumps or somersaults.

    • ‘You boys aren't gonna be able to do those aerials in there, are you?’
    • ‘I want aerials, spread eagles, toe touches, and anything else you can think of.’
    • ‘In one smooth motion he then aerials to a lower landing, then hurdles onto another.’
    • ‘Also impressive in these Olympics was a double win for Canadians in the aerials.’
    • ‘Now, I want everyone to get into formation behind me and we're going to practice synchronized aerials!’

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘thin as air, imaginary’): via Latin aerius from Greek aerios (from aēr ‘air’) + -al.

Pronunciation

aerial

/ˈɛriəl//ˈerēəl/