aerobatics

[ air-uh-bat-iks ]
/ ˌɛər əˈbæt ɪks /

noun

(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
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Examples from the Web for aerobatics

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

    Aviation in Peace and War|Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes
  • Looping the loop, and other kinds of what are now called 'aerobatics', were habitually disparaged as idle spectacles.

British Dictionary definitions for aerobatics

aerobatics

/ (ˌɛərəʊˈbætɪks) /

noun

(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

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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