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acrobatic

[ak-ruh-bat-ik] /ˌæk rəˈbæt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or like an acrobat or acrobatics.
2.
having the good balance, agility, and coordination of an acrobat.
Also, acrobatical.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Greek akrobatikós. See acrobat, -ic
Related forms
acrobatically, adverb
semiacrobatic, adjective
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  • Even now they are not safe, for despite their elegant history and their acrobatic grace, they are flawed creatures.
  • Much of the work of modern air-defence involves long-distance missile shots rather than acrobatic dog-fights.
  • The venues showcase acrobatic shows, circus and magic acts, and exotic animals.
  • When they finally did glimpse the mysterious lemurs, the acrobatic creatures fled too fast for observation.
  • Their courtship includes a spectacular aerial acrobatic dance.
  • Helicopters scout out the wild herds of horses, then round them up through a symphony of acrobatic maneuvers.
  • There are no obscure acrobatic troupes and no awkward high school students.
  • The show combines slam dunk basketball with acrobatic skills and a touch of comedy.
  • For example, fighter jets could be designed to be more acrobatic without risk of stall-induced crashes.
  • He made no reference whatever to his acrobatic landing and his manner discouraged any questions.
Word Origin and History for acrobatic
adj.

1848; see acrobat + -ic. Related: Acrobatically.

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