(used with a plural verb) stunts performed in flight by an airplane, glider, or the like.
(used with a singular verb) the art or technique of performing such stunts.

Nearby words

  1. aeroacoustics,
  2. aeroallergen,
  3. aerobacter,
  4. aeroballistics,
  5. aerobat,
  6. aerobe,
  7. aerobee,
  8. aerobic,
  9. aerobic dancing,
  10. aerobic respiration

Origin of aerobatics

First recorded in 1915–20; aero- + (acro)batics

Related formsaer·o·bat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for aerobatic



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

Word Origin for aerobatics

C20: from aero- + (acro) batics

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Word Origin and History for aerobatic



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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