- The definition of aviation means the science of developing and flying airplanes.
Creating a blueprint for a new plane and flying an airplane are both examples of activities in the field of aviation.
- the art or science of flying airplanes
- the development and operation of heavier-than-air craft, including airplanes and piloted or guided rocket ships
- aircraft, esp. military aircraft, collectively
Origin of aviationFrench ; from Classical Latin avis, bird
- The operation of aircraft.
- The design, development, and production of aircraft.
- Military aircraft.
Origin of aviationFrench, from Latin avis, bird; see awi- in Indo-European roots.
accelerometer an instrument for measuring and recording the rate of acceleration of an aircraft. aerialist a person who performs aerial acrobatics, as a trapeze artist, tightrope walker, stunt flier, etc. aeroballistics the science of ballistics combined with or from the special viewpoint of aerodynamics, particularly with regard to rockets, guided missiles, etc. —aeroballistic, adj. aerobatics stunts performed with aircraft. See also acrobatics. aerocartography the process of mapmaking by means of aerial survey. aerodonetics Rare. the science or art of gliding. —aerodonetic, adj. aerodrome, airdrome an airport or airbase, not including the personnel. aerodromics the art or science of flying airplanes. aeroembolism Medicine. a condition caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood as a result of a sudden lowering of atmospheric pressure, as when flying at high altitude or rising too rapidly from a deep underwater dive. aeromedicine the medical specialty concerned with the health of those engaged in flying within the earth’s atmosphere. aeronautics 1. Archaic. the science or art of ascending and traveling in the air in lighter-than-air vehicles. 2. the technology or art of flying airplanes. —aeronaut, n. — aeronautic, aeronautical, adj. aeronautism the technique of ballooning. —aeronautics, n. aeropause the region in the upper part of the earth’s atmosphere where the air is too thin for aircraft to operate properly. aerophone an instrument for detecting the approach of aircraft by intensifying the sound waves it creates in the air. aerophysics the branch of physics that studies the earth’s atmosphere, especially the effects upon the atmosphere of objects flying at high speeds or at high altitudes. —aerophysicist, n. aeroplanist an aviator or aircraft pilot. aerostatics the study of the construction and operation of aerostats, lighter-than-air craft, as balloons or dirigibles. —aerostatic, aerostatical, adj. avigation the science of aerial navigation. avinosis airsickness. avionics the science and technology of electrical and electronic devices or equipment used in aviation. ballooning the art and science of operating balloons for sport or air travel. Also balloonry. bioastronautics the science that studies the effects of space travel on life, especially human life and the human body. orthopter da Vinci’s exploratory design for a flying machine moved by flapping wings. perastadics the science and art of space flying. — perastadic, adj. photoreconnaisance reconnaissance for purposes of aerial photography; reconnaissance or surveillance by means of aerial photography. radar an acronym for RAdio Detecting And Ranging: a method and the equipment used for the detection and determination of the velocity of a moving object by reflecting radio waves off it. rocketry the science and technology of rocket design and manufacture. supersonic applied to aircraft moving at speeds beyond the speed of sound, about 750 mph (1207.5 kph) at sea level. volitation flight, the act of flying, or the ability to fly.