aerial aerial, Aerial A*["e]"ri*al, a. [L. a["e]rius. See {Air}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the air, or atmosphere; inhabiting or frequenting the air; produced by or found in the air; performed in the air; as, a["e]rial regions or currents; the a["e]rial maneuvers of a fighter plane. ``A["e]rial spirits.'' --Milton. ``A["e]rial voyages.'' --Darwin. [1913 Webster]

2. Consisting of air; resembling, or partaking of the nature of air. Hence: Unsubstantial; unreal. [1913 Webster]

3. Rising aloft in air; high; lofty; as, a["e]rial spires. [1913 Webster]

4. Growing, forming, living, or existing in the air, as opposed to growing or existing in earth or water, or underground; as, a["e]rial rootlets, a["e]rial plants; the aerial roots of a philodendron. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

5. Light as air; ethereal. [1913 Webster]

6. operating or operated overhead especially on elevated cables. aerial conveyers for transporting raw materials [WordNet 1.5]

7. operating or moving in the air. an aerial cable car; aerial combat [WordNet 1.5]

{Aerial acid}, carbonic acid. [Obs.] --Ure.

{Aerial perspective}. See {Perspective}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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