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A pilot or navigator of a lighter-than-air craft, such as a balloon.

[aero- + Greek nautēs, sailor; see nāu- in Indo-European roots.]


(Aeronautics) a person who flies in a lighter-than-air craft, esp the pilot or navigator


(ˈɛər əˌnɔt, -ˌnɒt)

1. the pilot of a balloon or other lighter-than-air aircraft.
2. a traveler in an airship.
[1775–85; < French aéronaute < Greek āero- aero- + naútēs sailor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aeronaut - someone who operates an aircraftaeronaut - someone who operates an aircraft  
airwoman, aviatress, aviatrix - a woman aviator
airplane pilot, pilot - someone who is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker - a worker who has acquired special skills


[ˈɛərənɔːt] Naeronauta mf


nAeronaut(in) m(f)
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A valve opened from one balloon into the other, and thus enabled the aeronaut to communicate with both.
The breeze upset them, the eddies near the ground upset them, a passing thought in the mind of the aeronaut upset them.
The machine immediately broke through the massive substructure upon which it was builded, and sank out of sight into the earth, the aeronaut springing out barely in time to save himself.
One inconvenience resulted from the replacing of the disc, the lower window was blocked up; thus it was impossible for the travelers to observe the moon from that opening while they were being precipitated perpendicularly upon her; but they were obliged to give it up; even by the side openings they could still see vast lunar regions, as an aeronaut sees the earth from his car.
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The one is small and dark; the other large and red; but each has the brooding sheathed glance characteristic of eagles and aeronauts.
As soon as I sufficiently recovered my senses to comprehend the terrific predicament in which I stood or rather hung, I exerted all the power of my lungs to make that predicament known to the æronaut overhead.
It could be turned flat, and directed upwards or downwards, as well as to the right or left ; and thus enabled the æronaut to transfer the resistance of the air which in an inclined position it must generate in its passage, to any side upon which he might desire to act ; thus determining the balloon in the opposite direction.
As aeronauts lighten the load they carry, when they wish to rise, similarly Durdles has lightened the wicker bottle in coming up.
The intrepid aeronauts alight before a small dark house, once the residence of Mr Sampson Brass.
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