-  Abbreviation for "air conditioner." A bicycling or motorcycling term describing the space or gap between the tires and the ground when the bike takes a jump. Both tires must be off the ground before it can be called "air" as in the expression, "I really caught air on that last jump." A gas containing approximately 80% nitrogen, 20% oxygen, and a small portion of other gases. One of the essential factors in a combustion engine (fuel, air, proper proportion of mixture, compression, timing, and spark).Also see
Dictionary of automotive terms. 2015.