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 (ā′vē-ā′shən, ăv′ē-)
1. The operation of aircraft.
2. The design, development, and production of aircraft.
3. Military aircraft.

[French, from Latin avis, bird; see awi- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Aeronautics)
a. the art or science of flying aircraft
b. the design, production, and maintenance of aircraft
2. (Military) US military aircraft collectively
[C19: from French, from Latin avis bird]


(ˌeɪ viˈeɪ ʃən, ˌæv i-)

1. the design, development, production, operation, or use of aircraft, esp. heavier-than-air aircraft.
2. military aircraft.
[1865–70; < French]
a`vi•at′ic (-ˈæt ɪk) adj.


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aviation - the aggregation of a country's military aircraftaviation - the aggregation of a country's military aircraft
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
2.aviation - the operation of aircraft to provide transportationaviation - the operation of aircraft to provide transportation
industry - the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of commercial enterprise; "each industry has its own trade publications"
3.aviation - the art of operating aircraftaviation - the art of operating aircraft  
artistry, prowess, art - a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art"
4.aviation - travel via aircraftaviation - travel via aircraft; "air travel involves too much waiting in airports"; "if you've time to spare go by air"
travel, traveling, travelling - the act of going from one place to another; "he enjoyed selling but he hated the travel"
flying, flight - an instance of traveling by air; "flying was still an exciting adventure for him"
overfly, pass over - fly over; "The plane passed over Damascus"
fly - travel in an airplane; "she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; "Are we driving or flying?"
red-eye - travel on an overnight flight; "The candidate red-eyed from California to the East Coast the night before the election to give a last stump speech"
cruise - travel at a moderate speed; "Please keep your seat belt fastened while the plane is reaching cruising altitude"
stooge - cruise in slow or routine flights
stall - cause an airplane to go into a stall
stall - experience a stall in flight, of airplanes
buzz - fly low; "Planes buzzed the crowds in the square"
crab - direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
aviate, pilot, fly - operate an airplane; "The pilot flew to Cuba"
fly blind - fly an airplane solely by relying on instruments
fly contact - fly a plane by using visible landmarks or points of reference
solo - fly alone, without a co-pilot or passengers
test fly - test a plane
jet - fly a jet plane
glide - fly in or as if in a glider plane
kite - soar or fly like a kite; "The pilot kited for a long time over the mountains"
sailplane, soar - fly a plane without an engine
power-dive - make a power dive; "The airplane power-dived"
nosedive - plunge nose first; drop with the nose or front first, of aircraft
crash-dive - descend steeply and rapidly
chandelle - climb suddenly and steeply; "The airplane chandelled"
belly-land - land on the underside without the landing gear
crash land - make an emergency landing
ditch - make an emergency landing on water
land, put down, bring down - cause to come to the ground; "the pilot managed to land the airplane safely"
deplane - get off an airplane
emplane, enplane - board a plane
peel off - leave a formation


noun flying, flight, aeronautics, powered flight the aviation industry see aircraft parts, types of aircraft

Aviation terms

aerobatics, air corridor, air miss, airside, airspeed, air traffic control, anhedral, approach or approach path, attitude, automatic pilot or autopilot, autorotation, bank, barrel roll, batsman, belly landing, bird strike, boarding pass, bunt, ceiling, chandelle, charter flight, clearway, contact flight, copilot, crab, crash-dive, crash-land, cruise, dihedral, ditch, dive, drogue, feather, flameout, flight management systems, flight path, fly-by-wire, gate, glide, groundspeed, head-up display, holding pattern, hunt, Immelmann turn or Immelmann, in-flight, landing, landside, loading, loop, Mach, navigator, nose dive, overfly, overshoot, pancake landing, pilot, pitch, pitch axis, power dive, rake, redeye or redeye flight, reheat, roll, roll axis, runway, SBA or standard beam approach, scheduled flight, shockstall, sideslip, snap roll, sonic boom, sound barrier, spin, stack, stall, subsonic, supersonic, tailspin, takeoff, taxi, taxiway, trim, undershoot, vapour trail, victory roll, wide-body, wingover, yaw, yaw axis
صِناعَة الطَّيَرانعِلْم الطَّيَران
letecký průmyslletectví
aviacijaaviacijos pramonė
aviācijaaviācijas rūpniecība
letecký priemysel
havacılıkuçak endüstrisi


A. Naviación f
B. CPD aviation industry Nindustria f de la aviación
aviation spirit Ngasolina f de aviación


[ˌeɪviˈeɪʃən] naviation faviation fuel nkérosène m


ndie Luftfahrt; the art of aviationdie Kunst des Fliegens


[ˌeɪvɪˈeɪʃn] naviazione f


(eiviˈeiʃən) noun
1. (the science or practice of) flying in aircraft.
2. the industry concerned with aircraft manufacture, design etc.
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