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[ey-vee-ey-shuh n, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈeɪ ʃən, ˌæv i-/
the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft.
military aircraft.
Origin of aviation
1865-70; < French; see avi-, -ation
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[ey-vee-at-ik, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈæt ɪk, ˌæv i-/ (Show IPA),
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  • Whenever there was an accident, however small, on the aviation field the whole post was anxious and quivering.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard Molly Elliot Seawell
  • Work upon the aviation camp at East Harniss had actually begun.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • aviation teaches quick resource; the officers managed to escape.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • In the evening we were invited to the aviation camp in the suburbs of Paris.

    A Journey Through France in War Time Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
  • As some of the attendants of the aviation field came up just at that moment there was need for explanations.

British Dictionary definitions for aviation


  1. the art or science of flying aircraft
  2. the design, production, and maintenance of aircraft
(US) military aircraft collectively
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin avis bird
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aviation

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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