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[air-uh-bat-iks] /ˌɛər əˈbæt ɪks/
(used with a plural verb) stunts performed in flight by an airplane, glider, or the like.
(used with a singular verb) the art or technique of performing such stunts.
Origin of aerobatics
1915-20; aero- + (acro)batics
Related forms
aerobatic, adjective Unabridged
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  • The development of aerobatics, air fighting, and formation tactics brought many airmen into prominence.

    Aviation in Peace and War Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes
  • Looping the loop, and other kinds of what are now called 'aerobatics', were habitually disparaged as idle spectacles.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
British Dictionary definitions for aerobatics


(functioning as singular or pl) spectacular or dangerous manoeuvres, such as loops or rolls, performed in an aircraft or glider; stunt flying
Derived Forms
aerobatic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from aero- + (acro)batics
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Word Origin and History for aerobatics

aircraft tricks, "trick flying," 1914, from aero- + ending from acrobat (also see -ics). Earlier (1879) it meant "the art of constructing and using airships; aerial navigation; aeronautics."

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