(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.

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

Related Words for aerobatics

vaulting, workout, horse, tumbling, calisthenics, gym, trampoline, trapeze

Examples from the Web for aerobatics

Historical Examples of aerobatics

  • Looping the loop, and other kinds of what are now called 'aerobatics', were habitually disparaged as idle spectacles.

  • The development of aerobatics, air fighting, and formation tactics brought many airmen into prominence.

    Aviation in Peace and War

    Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes

British Dictionary definitions for aerobatics



(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 aerobatics

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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