[ey-vee-ey-shuh n, av-ee-]


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 formsa·vi·at·ic [ey-vee-at-ik, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈæt ɪk, ˌæv i-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for aviation

Contemporary Examples of aviation

Historical Examples of aviation

  • This proposition is one of keen interest in connection with aviation.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • Work upon the aviation camp at East Harniss had actually begun.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Can't you take me to the aviation place sometime, Uncle Jed?


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Only in his field of aviation medicine did he feel competent, secure.

  • In the evening we were invited to the aviation camp in the suburbs of Paris.

British Dictionary definitions for aviation



  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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Word Origin and History for aviation

1866, from French aviation, noun of action from stem of Latin avis "bird" (see aviary). Coined 1863 by French aviation pioneer Guillaume Joseph Gabriel de La Landelle (1812-1886) in "Aviation ou Navigation aérienne."

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