ac·​ro·​bat·​ic ˌa-krə-ˈba-tik How to pronounce acrobatic (audio)
: relating to or suggestive of an acrobat or acrobatics
Over at Jump City: Seattle, however, it's the contestants themselves who are whizzing overhead as they perform gravity-defying acrobatic tricks straight out of "The Matrix."Joseph Hudak
: performed with leaps, body contortions, or other maneuvers requiring the great athleticism of an acrobat
In the final seconds of the third quarter, Amari Cooper made an acrobatic catch while staying in bounds.Zach Braziller
acrobatically adverb
Reed reached back and acrobatically hauled in the pass. Ethan Cadeaux

Examples of acrobatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Friday Joe Satriani & Steve Vai: For fans of acrobatic electric guitar shredding, the pairing of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai should be a double treat. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2024 Replay review confirmed Turner’s right foot slid across the plate just ahead of an acrobatic attempt at a tag from the pitcher, and that might as well have put the game out of reach for the Giants. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 3 May 2024 The miracle of John Wick: Chapter 4 consisted of Stahelski elevating the acrobatic grace and know-how of stunt work into a choreographic vision of human aggression and cinematic wit. Armond White, National Review, 3 May 2024 Correa received a throw from center fielder Willi Castro and showed off his arm on his throw to Jeffers, who made an acrobatic tag to complete the play. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, 1 May 2024 He can be seen moving, climbing and dancing through several different sets in the dynamic show, which also features acrobatic performances on wires and circus tricks. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 15 Apr. 2024 Restrepo, as has been the norm throughout his career, made an acrobatic grab. Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald, 14 Apr. 2024 Justin Holiday was out of the locker room early to warm up for the second half Tuesday night, but an acrobatic halftime performer and his small dog were still occupying the court at Delta Center. Bennett Durando, The Denver Post, 10 Apr. 2024 And its trainers stopped riding astride dolphins four years ago in the shows featuring the acrobatic marine mammals. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History


acrobat + -ic entry 1

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of acrobatic was in 1838

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“Acrobatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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