[ air-uh-bat-iks ]
/ ˌɛər əˈbæt ɪks /


(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


aer·o·bat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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

/ (ˌɛərəʊˈbætɪks) /


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

Derived forms of aerobatics

aerobatic, adjective

Word Origin for aerobatics

C20: from aero- + (acro) batics
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