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[ey-vee-ey-shuh n, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈeɪ ʃən, ˌæv i-/
the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft.
military aircraft.
Origin of aviation
1865-70; < French; see avi-, -ation
Related forms
[ey-vee-at-ik, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈæt ɪk, ˌæv i-/ (Show IPA),
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  • These could be sprayed out of special aircraft-borne injectors, or produced by burning high-sulphur aviation fuel.
  • Given the slowdown in the commercial-aviation business, the idleness of some sections of the huge aircraft factory is no surprise.
  • Icon aircraft has made aviation history before even finishing the final design of its first airplane.
  • Civil aviation security exists to prevent criminal activity on aircraft and in airports.
  • The aeroplane parachute has arrived, and the new life-saving attachment is attracting considerable attention in aviation circles.
  • Cut a bachelor's-degree program in aviation and flight operations.
  • For the next ten years, aviation was the cutting edge.
  • He didn't see combat, but aviation continued to fascinate him after he returned to college.
  • Over the past year, there has been a lot of buzz in the aviation industry over the use of alternative fuels.
  • aviation is a relatively small source of the emissions blamed for global warming, but its share is growing the fastest.
British Dictionary definitions for aviation


  1. the art or science of flying aircraft
  2. the design, production, and maintenance of aircraft
(US) military aircraft collectively
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin avis bird
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Word Origin and History for aviation

1866, from French aviation, noun of action from stem of Latin avis "bird" (see aviary). Coined 1863 by French aviation pioneer Guillaume Joseph Gabriel de La Landelle (1812-1886) in "Aviation ou Navigation aérienne."

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