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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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The aeronaut carried a gun firing explosive bullets loaded with oxygen, and in addition, and true to the best tradition of Japan, a sword.
They were declared to be aerial torpedo-boats, and the aeronaut was supposed to swoop close to his antagonist and cast his bombs as he whirled past.
It meant building them by the thousand and making aeronauts by the.
When Bert's sense of security was sufficiently restored for him to watch the battle again, he perceived that a brisk little fight was in progress between the Asiatic aeronauts and the German engineers for the possession of Niagara city.
Some,landed, and their aeronauts took cover and became energetic infantry soldiers.
They flew in scraps and fragments, turf, trees, and gravel leapt and fell; the aeronauts still lying along the canal bank were thrown about like sacks, catspaws flew across the foaming water.
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.
A valve opened from one balloon into the other, and thus enabled the aeronaut to communicate with both.
Just say the word,--teetotal, vegetarian, aeronaut, theosophist, superman.
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 aeronaut was taken aboard the Princess frigate where he was warmly greeted by its crew, and offered a much-needed change of clothes.