an element. Anaxagoras held air to be the primary form of
Aristotle gives Fire, Air, Earth, and Water as the four elements.
, a manner, as “the air of the court,” the “air of gentility;” “a
good air” (manner, deportment) means the pervading habit.
in music, is that melody which predominates and gives its
character to the piece.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894