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[ak-ruh-bat-ik] /ˌæk rəˈbæt ɪk/
of, pertaining to, or like an acrobat or acrobatics.
having the good balance, agility, and coordination of an acrobat.
Also, acrobatical.
1860-65; < Greek akrobatikós. See acrobat, -ic
Related forms
acrobatically, adverb
semiacrobatic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for acrobatic
  • 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
1861, from Fr. acrobatique (see acrobat). Acrobatics is attested from 1882; earlier was acrobatism (1864). In early 20c. acrobacy (from Fr. acrobacie) sometimes was used.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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