[ ey-vee-ey-shuh n, av-ee- ]
/ ˌeɪ viˈeɪ ʃən, ˌæv i- /


the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft.
military aircraft.

Origin of aviation

From French, dating back to 1865–70; see origin at avi-, -ation

Related forms

a·vi·at·ic [ey-vee-at-ik, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈæt ɪk, ˌæv i-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aviatic


/ (ˌeɪvɪˈeɪʃən) /


  1. the art or science of flying aircraft
  2. the design, production, and maintenance of aircraft
US military aircraft collectively

Word Origin for aviation

C19: from French, from Latin avis bird
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