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aerobatics

[air-uh-bat-iks]
noun
  1. (used with a plural verb) stunts performed in flight by an airplane, glider, or the like.
  2. (used with a singular verb) the art or technique of performing such stunts.
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Origin of aerobatics

First recorded in 1915–20; aero- + (acro)batics
Related formsaer·o·bat·ic, adjective
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aerobatics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular or plural) spectacular or dangerous manoeuvres, such as loops or rolls, performed in an aircraft or glider; stunt flying
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Derived Formsaerobatic, adjective

Word Origin for aerobatics

C20: from aero- + (acro) batics
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Word Origin and History for aerobatic

aerobatics

n.

aircraft tricks, "trick flying," 1914, from aero- + ending from acrobat (also see -ics). Earlier (1879) it meant "the art of constructing and using airships; aerial navigation; aeronautics."

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