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aerobatics

[air-uh-bat-iks]
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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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Examples from the Web for aerobatics

Historical Examples

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

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1

    Walter Raleigh.

  • 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

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

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