Etymology
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aviation (n.)

"art or act of flying," 1866, from French aviation, noun of action from stem of Latin avis "bird" (from PIE root *awi- "bird"). Coined 1863 by French aviation pioneer Guillaume Joseph Gabriel de La Landelle (1812-1886) in "Aviation ou Navigation aérienne."

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Definitions of aviation

aviation (n.)
the aggregation of a country's military aircraft;
Synonyms: air power
aviation (n.)
the operation of aircraft to provide transportation;
aviation (n.)
the art of operating aircraft;
Synonyms: airmanship
aviation (n.)
travel via aircraft;
Synonyms: air travel / air
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