Alternative forms[edit]


air bath (plural air baths)

  1. Synonym of compressed-air bath
    • 1912, The Progressive Woman:

      Every large hospital now has quarters where patients may take the healing sun bath at certain times of the day. You can take your sun bath in the same manner as the air bath.

    • 2013, Erika Judit Kovács, RE-EMERGENCE, page 62:

      They would be allowed to take sponge baths every other day, or use the newly invented “air bath.”

  2. Exposure to fresh air, especially when naked or nearly naked.
    • 2010, Tom Easton, Judith K. Dial, Visions of Tomorrow: Science Fiction Predictions that Came True:

      I could punch keys on a logic without gazing into somebody’s bedroom while she is giving her epidermis an air bath and being led to think things I gotta take out in thinkin’.

    • 2014, Greg Hollingshead, Bedlam: A Novel of Love and Madness:

      Cleverly he’d chosen four who not only strip themselves at the slightest provocation to enjoy a cold air bath but are free of the usual licentious habits of such types.

    • 2015, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Against the Grain:

      He threw the window wide open, delighted to enjoy an air bath; but next moment, the wind seemed to bring with it a vague breath of essence of bergamot, mingled with a smell of jasmine, cassia and rose-water.

  3. (chemistry) A sealed system containing air with a controlled temperature.
    • 2010, V. K. Ahluwalia, Pooja Bhagat, Renu Aggarwal, Laboratory Techniques in Organic Chemistry, page 98:

      After achieving the satisfactory pressure, heating of flask is carried out by using a water bath, oil-bath or air bath.

    • 2014, W. A. Herrmann, Synthetic Methods of Organometallic and Inorganic Chemistry:

      The colorless needles can be further purified by bulb-to-bulb distillation (air bath temperature 90 – 110 °C).

    • 2015, Roger G. Harrison, Paul W. Todd, Scott R. Rudge, Bioseparations Science and Engineering:

      To finalize the design, you need to decide whether the system should be placed in an air bath or a water bath.