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the branch of statics that deals with gases in equilibrium and with gases and bodies in the gases in equilibrium with one another.
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the science of lighter-than-air aircraft.
Historical Examples

Of late he had resumed his study of aerostatics, and was constructing another flying-machine.
The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

He had the combination of two of the sections of pigeonholes, aerostatics and intelligence.
The Last Shot Frederick Palmer

In aviation no less than in aerostatics the record of the United States is negligible.
Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.

Aeronautics is divided into two fundamentally different branches—aviatics and aerostatics.
Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag

The attempts which we are about to cite do not strictly belong to the history of aerostatics.
Wonderful Balloon Ascents Fulgence Marion

The invention of the barometer enabled men to extend the principles of mechanics to the atmosphere; and aerostatics existed.
Illustrations of Universal Progress Herbert Spencer

noun (functioning as sing)
the study of gases in equilibrium and bodies held in equilibrium in gases Compare aerodynamics
the study of lighter-than-air craft, such as balloons


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