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-# The atmospheric substance above the surface of the earth which animals breathe, formerly considered to be a single substance, one of the four basic [[element]]s of ancient philosophy and one of the five basic elements of Eastern traditions.+:''[[Air (disambiguation)]]''
 +# The [[atmospheric]] [[substance]] above the surface of the [[earth]] which animals [[breathe]], formerly considered to be a single substance, one of the four basic [[Classical element|element]]s of [[ancient philosophy]] and one of the five basic elements of Eastern traditions.
# Now understood as the mixture of [[gas]]es comprising the [[earth]]'s [[atmosphere]]. # Now understood as the mixture of [[gas]]es comprising the [[earth]]'s [[atmosphere]].
-#: ''The karate instructor said "'''air''' is the one thing you can't go five minutes without; when you spar, you have to remember to breathe."'' 
# The apparently open space above the ground; the mass of this substance around the earth. # The apparently open space above the ground; the mass of this substance around the earth.
-#: ''The flock of birds took to the '''air'''.'' 
-#: ''There was a tension in the '''air''' which made me suspect an approaching storm.'' 
# A [[feeling]] or [[sense]]. # A [[feeling]] or [[sense]].
-#: ''...to give it an '''air''' of artistry and [[sophistication]].'' 
# A sense of [[poise]], [[graciousness]], or [[quality]]. # A sense of [[poise]], [[graciousness]], or [[quality]].
-#* '''1815''', Jane Austen, ''Emma'', [[s:Emma/Volume 1/Chapter 4|Volume I, Chapter 4]]: 
-#*: "He is very plain, undoubtedly--remarkably plain:--but that is nothing compared with his entire want of gentility. I had no right to expect much, and I did not expect much; but I had no idea that he could be so very clownish, so totally without '''air'''. I had imagined him, I confess, a degree or two nearer gentility." 
# [[pretentious|Pretension]]; [[snobby|snobbishness]]; [[pretence]] that one is better than others. # [[pretentious|Pretension]]; [[snobby|snobbishness]]; [[pretence]] that one is better than others.
-#* ...putting on '''airs'''... 
# A song, especially a solo; an [[aria]]. # A song, especially a solo; an [[aria]].
-#* '''1813''', Jane Austen, ''Pride and Prejudice'', [[s:Pride and Prejudice/Chapter 18|Chapter 18]]: 
-#*: "If I," said Mr. Collins, "were so fortunate as to be able to sing, I should have great pleasure, I am sure, in obliging the company with an '''air'''; for I consider music as a very innocent diversion, and perfectly compatible with the profession of a clergyman..." 
== See also == == See also ==
-*''[[50 cc of Paris Air]]'' (1919) by Duchamp+*''[[50 cc of Paris Air]]'' (1919) by Marcel Duchamp
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Air (disambiguation)
  1. The atmospheric substance above the surface of the earth which animals breathe, formerly considered to be a single substance, one of the four basic elements of ancient philosophy and one of the five basic elements of Eastern traditions.
  2. Now understood as the mixture of gases comprising the earth's atmosphere.
  3. The apparently open space above the ground; the mass of this substance around the earth.
  4. A feeling or sense.
  5. A sense of poise, graciousness, or quality.
  6. Pretension; snobbishness; pretence that one is better than others.
  7. A song, especially a solo; an aria.

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