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[air-uh-stat-iks] /ˌɛər əˈstæt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of statics that deals with gases in equilibrium and with gases and bodies in the gases in equilibrium with one another.
Compare aerodynamics.
the science of lighter-than-air aircraft.
Origin of aerostatics
First recorded in 1745-55; See origin at aerostatic, -ics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for aerostatics
Historical Examples
  • He had the combination of two of the sections of pigeonholes, aerostatics and intelligence.

    The Last Shot

    Frederick Palmer
  • The attempts which we are about to cite do not strictly belong to the history of aerostatics.

    Wonderful Balloon Ascents Fulgence Marion
  • Of late he had resumed his study of aerostatics, and was constructing another flying-machine.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • Aeronautics is divided into two fundamentally different branches—aviatics and aerostatics.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag
  • In aviation no less than in aerostatics the record of the United States is negligible.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • The invention of the barometer enabled men to extend the principles of mechanics to the atmosphere; and aerostatics existed.

British Dictionary definitions for aerostatics


noun (functioning as sing)
the study of gases in equilibrium and bodies held in equilibrium in gases Compare aerodynamics
the study of lighter-than-air craft, such as balloons
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