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[air-uh-naw-tiks, -not-iks]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the science or art of flight.
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Origin of aeronautics

1820–25; < New Latin aeronautica or French aéronautique; see aero-, nautical, -ics
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  1. (functioning as singular) the study or practice of all aspects of flight through the air
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Word Origin and History for aeronautics


1824, from aeronautic (1784), from French aéronautique, from aéro- (see aero-) + nautique "of ships," from Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos (see nautical). Originally of balloons. Also see -ics. Aeronaut "balloonist" is from 1784.

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aeronautics in Science


  1. The design, construction and operation of aircraft.
  2. The scientific study of flight through the atmosphere.
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