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AERIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does aerial mean? 

AERIAL (noun)
  The noun AERIAL has 2 senses:

1. a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer
2. an electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals

  Familiarity information: AERIAL used as a noun is rare.


AERIAL (adjective)
  The adjective AERIAL has 3 senses:

1. in or belonging to the air or operating (for or by means of aircraft or elevated cables) in the air
2. growing in air
3. characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air

  Familiarity information: AERIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AERIAL (noun)


Sense 1aerial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A pass to a receiver downfield from the passer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

aerial; forward pass

Hypernyms ("aerial" is a kind of...):

pass; passing; passing game; passing play ((American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aerial"):

flare; flare pass (a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines)

screen pass (a short forward pass in which the receiver is protected by a screen of blockers)


Sense 2aerial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

antenna; transmitting aerial; aerial

Hypernyms ("aerial" is a kind of...):

electrical device (a device that produces or is powered by electricity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aerial"):

dipole; dipole antenna (an aerial half a wavelength long consisting of two rods connected to a transmission line at the center)

directional antenna (an antenna that transmits or receives signals only in a narrow angle)

nondirectional antenna; omnidirectional antenna (an antenna that sends or receives signals equally in all directions)

Holonyms ("aerial" is a part of...):

receiver; receiving system (set that receives radio or tv signals)

sender; transmitter (set used to broadcast radio or tv signals)


AERIAL (adjective)


Sense 1aerial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In or belonging to the air or operating (for or by means of aircraft or elevated cables) in the air

Context examples:

aerial particles / small aerial creatures such as butterflies / aerial warfare / aerial photography / aerial cable cars

Similar:

air (relating to or characteristic of or occurring in the air)

Domain category:

aircraft (a vehicle that can fly)


Sense 2aerial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Growing in air

Context example:

aerial roots of a philodendron

Similar:

air (relating to or characteristic of or occurring in the air)

Domain category:

botany; phytology (the branch of biology that studies plants)


Sense 3aerial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air

Synonyms:

ethereal; aery; aeriform; aerial; airy

Context examples:

figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away / aerial fancies / an airy apparition / physical rather than ethereal forms

Similar:

insubstantial; unreal; unsubstantial (lacking material form or substance; unreal)


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