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[air-uh-stat] /ˈɛər əˌstæt/
any lighter-than-air aircraft, as a balloon or dirigible.
Origin of aerostat
First recorded in 1775-85; aero- + -stat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I am going back to the aerostat, and I dare not leave you boys behind.

    The Lost City Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
  • aerostat′ics, that branch of physics which treats of the weight, pressure, and equilibrium of air and gases.

  • Then against our aerostat, and with the wind driving them clean overhead of us, come the antagonistic flying-machines.

    Anticipations Herbert George Wells
  • Then the aerostat, as the great bag is called, was unrolled and spread evenly over this.

  • My first wish is to thoroughly test the aerostat, to make certain it has received no serious injury.

    The Lost City Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
  • For one thing, it would be severe work to draw the stranger bodily up and into the aerostat.

    The Lost City Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
  • There isn't as much of that aerostat left as would make a pocket-handkerchief or a walking-stick.

    The Angel of the Revolution George Griffith
  • Ten minutes later the aerostat was released from her moorings and rose swiftly and vertically into the air.

    The Angel of the Revolution George Griffith
British Dictionary definitions for aerostat


a lighter-than-air craft, such as a balloon
Derived Forms
aerostatic, aerostatical, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French aérostat, from aero- + Greek -statos standing
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