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[air-uh-naw-tiks, -not-iks] /ˌɛər əˈnɔ tɪks, -ˈnɒt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the science or art of flight.
Origin of aeronautics
1820-25; < New Latin aeronautica or French aéronautique; see aero-, nautical, -ics Unabridged
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(functioning as sing) the study or practice of all aspects of flight through the air
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Word Origin and History for aeronautics

1824, from aeronautic (1784), from French aéronautique, from aéro- (see aero-) + nautique "of ships," from Latin nauticus, from Greek nautikos (see nautical). Originally of balloons. Also see -ics. Aeronaut "balloonist" is from 1784.

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aeronautics in Science
  1. The design, construction and operation of aircraft.

  2. The scientific study of flight through the atmosphere.

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