Origin of aerostat

First recorded in 1775–85; aero- + -stat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for aerostat

Historical Examples of aerostat

  • I am going back to the aerostat, and I dare not leave you boys behind.

    The Lost City

    Joseph E. Badger, Jr.

  • Aerostat′ics, that branch of physics which treats of the weight, pressure, and equilibrium of air and gases.

  • Then against our aerostat, and with the wind driving them clean overhead of us, come the antagonistic flying-machines.


    Herbert George Wells

  • Then the aerostat, as the great bag is called, was unrolled and spread evenly over this.

  • My first wish is to thoroughly test the aerostat, to make certain it has received no serious injury.

    The Lost City

    Joseph E. Badger, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for aerostat


  1. a lighter-than-air craft, such as a balloon
Derived Formsaerostatic or aerostatical, adjective

Word Origin for aerostat

C18: from French aérostat, from aero- + Greek -statos standing
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