aeronautics

[ air-uh-naw-tiks, -not-iks ]
/ ˌɛər əˈnɔ tɪks, -ˈnɒt ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the science or art of flight.

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Nearby words

  1. aerometry,
  2. aeron.,
  3. aeronaut,
  4. aeronautical,
  5. aeronautical engineering,
  6. aeroneurosis,
  7. aeronomy,
  8. aeropathy,
  9. aeropause,
  10. aerophagia

Origin of aeronautics

1820–25; < New Latin aeronautica or French aéronautique; see aero-, nautical, -ics

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British Dictionary definitions for aeronautics

aeronautics

/ (ˌɛərəˈnɔːtɪks) /

noun

(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

aeronautics

n.

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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Science definitions for aeronautics

aeronautics

[ âr′ə-nôtĭks ]

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