• (America) IPA: /ˈɛɹ.i.əl/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈɛː.ɹɪ.əl/, /ˈɛː.ɹi.əl/
    • (obsolete) IPA: /eɪˈɪə.ɹɪ.əl/, /eɪˈɛ.ɹɪ.əl/


  1. Living or taking place in the air. [from 16th c.]
    The seabirds put on an astonishing aerial display.
  2. (now literary or historical) Made up of air or gas; gaseous. [from 16th c.]
    • 1782, Joseph Priestley, Disquisitions relating to matter and spirit, I:
      A soul [...] was first conceived to be an aerial, or an igneous substance, which animates the body during life, and makes its escape at death [...].
  3. Positioned high up; elevated. [from 16th c.]
    The aerial photographs clearly showed the damage caused by the storm.
  4. Ethereal, insubstantial; imaginary. [from 16th c.]
  5. Pertaining to the air or atmosphere; atmospheric. [from 17th c.]
  6. (aviation) Pertaining to a vehicle which travels through the air; airborne; relating to or conducted by means of aircraft. [from 17th c.]
  7. (botany) Above the ground
Translations Translations Noun

aerial (plural aerials)

  1. (chiefly UK) A rod, wire, or other structure for receiving or transmitting radio, television signals etc.
  2. A move, as in dancing or skateboarding, involving one or both feet leaving the ground.
    • 2002, Joseph A. Kotarba, John M. Johnson, Postmodern Existential Sociology (page 78)
      In their dancing, clubbers were flamboyant. They experimented with new dance steps and improvisations, including risky maneuvers and aerials in which women were flipped into the air.
  3. (photography) Aerial photography.
  • (device for receiving or transmitting) antenna
  • (dance move involving one or both feet leaving the ground) air step, acrobatic

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