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aerobatics (n.)

"aircraft tricks, trick flying," 1914, from aero- + ending from acrobatics. Earlier (1879) it meant "the art of constructing and using airships; aerial navigation; aeronautics."

updated on November 12, 2016

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Definitions of aerobatics from WordNet

aerobatics (n.)
the performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft;
Synonyms: acrobatics / stunting / stunt flying
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