The definition of aviation means the science of developing and flying airplanes.(noun)
Creating a blueprint for a new plane and flying an airplane are both examples of activities in the field of aviation.
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Origin: Fr < L avis, bird
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Origin: , from Latin avis, bird; see awi- in Indo-European roots.
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an instrument for measuring and recording the rate of acceleration of an aircraft.
a person who performs aerial acrobatics, as a trapeze artist, tightrope walker, stunt flier, etc.
the science of ballistics combined with or from the special viewpoint of aerodynamics, particularly with regard to rockets, guided missiles, etc. —aeroballistic, adj.
stunts performed with aircraft. See also acrobatics.
the process of mapmaking by means of aerial survey.
Rare. the science or art of gliding. —aerodonetic, adj.
an airport or airbase, not including the personnel.
the art or science of flying airplanes.
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.
the medical specialty concerned with the health of those engaged in flying within the earth’s atmosphere.
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.
the technique of ballooning. —aeronautics, n.
the region in the upper part of the earth’s atmosphere where the air is too thin for aircraft to operate properly.
an instrument for detecting the approach of aircraft by intensifying the sound waves it creates in the air.
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.
an aviator or aircraft pilot.
the study of the construction and operation of aerostats, lighter-than-air craft, as balloons or dirigibles. —aerostatic, aerostatical, adj.
the science of aerial navigation.
the science and technology of electrical and electronic devices or equipment used in aviation.
the art and science of operating balloons for sport or air travel. Also balloonry.
the science that studies the effects of space travel on life, especially human life and the human body.
da Vinci’s exploratory design for a flying machine moved by flapping wings.
the science and art of space flying. — perastadic, adj.
reconnaissance for purposes of aerial photography; reconnaissance or surveillance by means of aerial photography.
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.
the science and technology of rocket design and manufacture.
applied to aircraft moving at speeds beyond the speed of sound, about 750 mph (1207.5 kph) at sea level.
flight, the act of flying, or the ability to fly.
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