UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈɛəriəl/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈɛriəl/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(adj. ârē əl, ā ērē əl; n. ârē əl)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
aer•i•al /ˈɛriəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of, in, produced by, or done in the air:aerial photography.
  2. inhabiting the air: aerial creatures.
  3. Militaryof or relating to aircraft:aerial combat.

n. [countable]
  1. Radio and Televisiona radio or television antenna:Put up the car's aerial.
aer•i•al•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
aer•i•al  (adj. ârē əl, ā ērē əl;n. ârē əl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of, in, or produced by the air:aerial currents.
  2. inhabiting or frequenting the air:aerial creatures.
  3. operating on a track or cable elevated above the ground:an aerial ski lift up the mountainside.
  4. reaching far into the air;
    lofty:aerial spires.
  5. partaking of the nature of air;
  6. unsubstantial;
    visionary:aerial fancies.
  7. having a light and graceful beauty;
    ethereal:aerial music.
  8. Ecology[Biol.]growing in the air, as the adventitious roots of some trees.
  9. Militarypertaining to or used for, against, or in aircraft.
  10. supplied or performed by means of aircraft:aerial support; aerial reconnaissance.

  1. Radio and Televisiona radio or television antenna.
  2. Sport[Football.]See  forward pass. 
aeri•al•ly, adv. 
aeri•al•ness, n. 
  • Greek āérios, equivalent. to āer- (stem of āé̄r air1) + -ios adjective, adjectival suffix) + -al1
  • Latin āeri(us) of the air (
  • 1595–1605; 1900–05 for def. 11;

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
aerial /ˈɛərɪəl/ adj
  1. of, relating to, or resembling air
  2. existing, occurring, moving, or operating in the air: aerial cable car, aerial roots of a plant
  3. ethereal; light and delicate
  4. imaginary; visionary
  5. extending high into the air; lofty
  6. of or relating to aircraft: aerial combat

  1. 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
Etymology: 17th Century: via Latin from Greek aērios, from aēr air
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