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aviation

[ey-vee-ey-shuh n, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈeɪ ʃən, ˌæv i-/
noun
1.
the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft.
2.
military aircraft.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < French; see avi-, -ation
Related forms
aviatic
[ey-vee-at-ik, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈæt ɪk, ˌæv i-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aviatic

aviation

/ˌeɪvɪˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
  1. the art or science of flying aircraft
  2. the design, production, and maintenance of aircraft
2.
(US) military aircraft collectively
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin avis bird
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Word Origin and History for aviatic

aviation

n.

1866, from French aviation, noun of action from stem of Latin avis "bird" (see aviary). Coined 1863 by French aviation pioneer Guillaume Joseph Gabriel de La Landelle (1812-1886) in "Aviation ou Navigation aérienne."

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