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air +‎ -less



airless ‎(comparative more airless, superlative most airless)

  1. Lacking or being without air.
  2. Lacking air circulation.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      […] St. Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.
  3. With air that is stale.
  4. (medicine) Suffering from asphyxia.
  5. (figuratively) Stifling; dead; lacking vitality or excitement.

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