Elements of the Universe: Aer – 12 Words

aerate

expose to fresh air

Worms aerate and enrich the soil by burrowing into the sublayers.Seattle Times (Nov 25, 2014)
aerial

existing, living, growing, or operating in the air

Unmanned aerial vehicles are useful tools for wildlife researchers because they can easily visit remote locations and observe animals from a distance.BBC (Aug 17, 2015)
aerialist

an acrobat who performs above the ground, as on a trapeze

It is known for its cutting-edge shows that feature aerialists, acrobats and contortionists.Washington Times (Jun 30, 2015)
aerobic

enhancing respiratory and circulatory efficiency

Spontaneous physical games such as hide and seek, tag and kickball can be great sources of aerobic exercise.US News (Aug 10, 2015)
anaerobic

living or active in the absence of free oxygen

The great majority of the microbes live in the gut, particularly the large intestine, which serves as an anaerobic digestion chamber.Scientific American (Feb 25, 2015)
aerobe

an organism that requires air or free oxygen for life

The primary waste products of aerobes are water and carbon dioxide gas—inoffensive substances.Solomon, Steve
aerosol

a cloud of solid or liquid particles in a gas

Soot is one type of aerosol produced by human activities, but there are also natural aerosols—sea spray, sulfate, or ammonium salts—in the atmosphere.Science Magazine (Jul 17, 2015)
aerodynamic

designed or arranged to offer the least resistant to fluid flow

“ Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.”Time (Aug 3, 2015)
aeronautics

the theory and practice of navigation through air or space

The public is invited to see the planes, watch aeronautics demonstrations and learn about civil aviation.Washington Times (Jun 6, 2015)
aerospace

the atmosphere and outer space considered as a whole

Florida, with its mix of airports and military installations, is a leading state in the nation when it comes to the aerospace industry.Washington Times (Jun 12, 2015)
aerodrome

an airfield equipped with control tower and hangars as well as accommodations for passengers and cargo

Eight aerodromes have been shortlisted as a potential base for the UK’s first spaceplane flights, which ministers want to establish by 2018.BBC (Jul 15, 2014)
aerophagia

swallowing air

Less commonly, intestinal gas can result from aerophagia, or swallowing air.US News (Jun 3, 2014)

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