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the science or art of flight.
Contemporary Examples

We also happen to have a wonderful commentator, Clive Irving, who is obsessed with aeronautics.
The Daily Beast Turns 2! Tina Brown October 4, 2010

They offered free flight instruction and other courses in aeronautics to all comers.
Red Tails Overlooks the Story of America’s First Black Pilots Marc Wortman January 15, 2012

Historical Examples

Except perhaps for the novelty balloons at the country fair, the science of aeronautics slept.
The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith

It must be that some country has gained a big lead in aeronautics.
Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930 Various

Noddy knew something of aeronautics, though his first attempt at flight in his tin fly had been most disastrous.
The Motor Boys on the Wing Clarence Young

These brothers were wealthy and full of enthusiasm for aeronautics.
The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith

They wondered what their great-grandparents would have thought of aeronautics.
The War in the Air Herbert George Wells

Anybodyd think you were delivering a lecture on aeronautics, Jerry!
The Motor Boys Over the Ocean Clarence Young

Came now the next great step in the progress of aeronautics.
Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.

At the present time his interest in aeronautics has a special appeal to us.
Education: How Old The New James J. Walsh

(functioning as sing) the study or practice of all aspects of flight through the air

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.

The design, construction and operation of aircraft.

The scientific study of flight through the atmosphere.


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