acrobat

[ak-ruh-bat]
noun
1.
a skilled performer of gymnastic feats, as walking on a tightrope or swinging on a trapeze.
2.
a person who readily changes viewpoints or opinions.

Origin:
1815–25; < French acrobate < Greek akróbatos walking on tiptoe, equivalent to akro- acro- + -batos, verbal adjective of baínein to go; French word may be recoinage, or etymological reading of the Gk word

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acrobat (ˈækrəˌbæt)
 
n
1.  an entertainer who performs acts that require skill, agility, and coordination, such as tumbling, swinging from a trapeze, or walking a tightrope
2.  a person noted for his frequent and rapid changes of position or allegiances: a political acrobat
 
[C19: via French from Greek akrobatēs acrobat, one who walks on tiptoe, from acro- + bat-, from bainein to walk]
 
acro'batic
 
adj
 
acro'batically
 
adv

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acrobat
1825, from Fr. acrobate (14c., "tightrope-walker"), from Gk. akrobates "rope dancer, gymnastic performer," related to akrobatos "going on tip-toe, climbing up high," from akros "topmost, at the point end" (see acrid) + stem of bainein "walk, go" (see come).
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Acrobat definition

text, product
A product from Adobe Systems, Inc., for manipulating documents stored in Portable Document Format. Acrobat provides a platform-independent means of creating, viewing, and printing documents.
Acropolis: the magazine of Acrobat publishing (http://acropolis.com/acropolis).
(1995-04-21)
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