Meaning of airshed in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛːʃɛd/


  • A mountain ridge or other topographical feature which divides an airflow into distinct parts. Hence: a region in which the atmosphere behaves in a coherent way with respect to the dispersion of pollutants; the air supply of a given geographical or administrative region.


1920s; earliest use found in Geografiska Annaler. From air + shed, perhaps after German Luftscheide (although this is apparently first attested slightly later: 1926 or earlier), itself after Wasserscheide.