Definition of air machine in English:

air machine

Pronunciation /ˈɛː məˌʃiːn/


  • 1A machine for supplying air or compressed air, especially one used for ventilating enclosed spaces, as in a mine, ship, etc.

  • 2A machine capable of flying, as a hot-air balloon, airship, aeroplane, etc. Now chiefly historical.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Keill (1671–1721), mathematician and natural philosopher. From air + machine.