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Airiness   Listen
noun
Airiness  n.  
1.
The state or quality of being airy; openness or exposure to the air; as, the airiness of a country seat.
2.
Lightness of spirits; gayety; levity; as, the airiness of young persons.






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"Airiness" Quotes from Famous Books



... Mountains seen in such combined majesty and grace as here. The rocks are of that sort called Primitive by the mineralogists, which always arrange themselves in masses of a rugged, gigantic character; which ruggedness, however, is here tempered by a singular airiness of form, and softness of environment: in a climate favourable to vegetation, the gray cliff, itself covered with lichens, shoots-up through a garment of foliage or verdure; and white, bright cottages, ...
— Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History • Thomas Carlyle

... serious poems, especially the sacred ones, sometimes seem to have too slight a body to carry their full weight of thought, but the idea is always fully expressed, no matter how narrow the compass of the verse. His poetry usually has the qualities of lightness, airiness, and fancifulness. ...
— History of American Literature • Reuben Post Halleck

... cannot be mistaken. They are but ten inches in length; the whole head, neck and under parts are black; the back, wings and tail are slaty and the under tail coverts are white. Their dainty figure with their long slender wings gives them a grace and airiness, if possible, superior to other species of the family. They are very active and besides feeding upon all manner of marine crustacea, they capture many insects in the air. They nest in large colonies in marshes, both along ...
— The Bird Book • Chester A. Reed

... directions, command an extensive bird's eye view of the Comtat Grignan, surmounted by the long Alpine ridge of Mont Ventou, and an amphitheatre of other smaller mountains: and enough remained of both apartments to give a full idea of the lightness and airiness of their situation, and of ...
— Itinerary of Provence and the Rhone - Made During the Year 1819 • John Hughes

... spot, we must pass by the Prison de la Roquette, destined for the reception of prisoners condemned to the galleys or to death; the excellent system that is here followed with regard to the airiness, cleanliness, and strict order, is such that it is styled the model prison; 318 is the number of prisoners that it can contain. Just opposite to it is the Prison pour les jeunes Detenus, or for juvenile offenders, and is a most ...
— How to Enjoy Paris in 1842 • F. Herve



Words linked to "Airiness" :   spaciousness, buoyancy, lightness, sprightliness, spirit, liveliness, roominess, weightlessness, airy, capaciousness, life, delicacy, commodiousness



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