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aviation

[ey-vee-ey-shuh n, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈeɪ ʃən, ˌæv i-/
noun
1.
the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft.
2.
military aircraft.
Origin of aviation
1865-1870
From French, dating back to 1865-70; See origin at avi-, -ation
Related forms
aviatic
[ey-vee-at-ik, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈæt ɪk, ˌæv i-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • This proposition is one of keen interest in connection with aviation.

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  • Only in his field of aviation medicine did he feel competent, secure.

  • In the evening we were invited to the aviation camp in the suburbs of Paris.

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British Dictionary definitions for aviation

aviation

/ˌeɪvɪˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
  1. the art or science of flying aircraft
  2. the design, production, and maintenance of aircraft
2.
(US) military aircraft collectively
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin avis bird
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Word Origin and History for aviation
n.

1866, from French aviation, noun of action from stem of Latin avis "bird" (see aviary). Coined 1863 by French aviation pioneer Guillaume Joseph Gabriel de La Landelle (1812-1886) in "Aviation ou Navigation aérienne."

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