of, in, or produced by the :
inhabiting or frequenting the :
operating on a track or cable elevated above the ground:
an aerial ski lift up the mountainside.
reaching far into the ; high; lofty:
partaking of the nature of ; airy.
having a light and graceful beauty; ethereal:
Biology. growing in the , as the adventitious roots of some trees.
pertaining to or used for, against, or in aircraft.
supplied or performed by means of aircraft:
aerial support; aerial reconnaissance.
a radio or television antenna.
Step 3: Somebody on Twitter mistakenly converts “aerial” surveillance into “drone surveillance.”
How Lies Spread David Frum June 17, 2012
The aerial shots were so sharp they could see every bog hole.
The Ballad of Johnny France Richard Ben Cramer January 11, 2014
An aerial image shows what appears to be a spa, roiling water apparently carrying no nasty connotations.
The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built Michael Daly December 11, 2014
This one, for instance, opens with aerial video of Kobani shot from an “Islamic State drone.”
An ISIS Hostage on the Dark Side Jamie Dettmer October 26, 2014
Cut to an aerial shot of Clarenden Court, the von Bulow mansion on Millionnaires’ Row that might dwarf many small colleges.
Covering the Sunny von Bulow Trial Lynn Sherr December 6, 2008
The special pay for officers employed in aerial work is undecided.
Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft Various
Lovers of aerial navigation have otherwise not much left to wish for.
In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
It circled and dipped, and down through the clear air aloft came the rippling “tap-tap-tap” of the aerial machine-guns.
Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3) Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
The “grid” is connected to the aerial wire to intercept the radio waves.
The Automobile Storage Battery O. A. Witte
While there was still light, an aerial battle took place overhead.
“And they thought we wouldn’t fight” Floyd Gibbons
of, relating to, or resembling air
existing, occurring, moving, or operating in the air: aerial cable car, aerial roots of a plant
ethereal; light and delicate
extending high into the air; lofty
of or relating to aircraft: aerial combat
Also called antenna. the part of a radio or television system having any of various shapes, such as a dipole, Yagi, long-wire, or vertical aerial, by means of which radio waves are transmitted or received
c.1600, from Latin aerius “airy, aerial, lofty, high” (from Greek aerios “of the air, pertaining to air,” from aer “air;” see air (n.1)) + adjectival suffix -al (1).
1902 (short for aerial antenna, etc.); see aerial (adj.).
- Aerial ladder
an extensible ladder used for reaching heights, especially from a hook-and-ladder truck. noun (US & Canadian) a power-operated extending ladder mounted on a fire engine Also called turntable ladder
- Aerial mine
Military. a mine designed to be dropped from the air into water. a bomb or land mine designed to be dropped by parachute.
- Aerial mosaic
- Aerial perspective
a technique of rendering depth or distance in painting by modifying the tone or hue and distinctness of objects perceived as receding from the picture plane, especially by reducing distinctive local colors and contrasts of light and dark to a uniform light bluish-gray color. Historical Examples How it would have delighted the heart of Claude […]