aer·​o·​bat·​ics | \ ˌer-ə-ˈba-tiks How to pronounce aerobatics (audio) \

Definition of aerobatics

: spectacular flying feats and maneuvers (such as rolls and dives)

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Other Words from aerobatics

aerobat \ ˈer-​ə-​ˌbat How to pronounce aerobatics (audio) \ noun
aerobatic \ ˌer-​ə-​ˈba-​tik How to pronounce aerobatics (audio) \ adjective

Examples of aerobatics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a murmuration, tens of thousands of starlings carry out complex aerobatics, working together as naturally as part of the same organism (video here). David Hambling, Forbes, "What Are Drone Swarms And Why Does Everyone Suddenly Want One?," 1 Mar. 2021 Nobody was injured when Craig Gifford, 52, a member of the US aerobatics flying team, struck a vehicle after landing the single-engine Bellanca Viking plane on the highway outside in a suburb of St. Paul. Fox News, "Pilot pulls off ‘textbook emergency landing’ on Minnesota highway," 4 Dec. 2020 Later that month, the air force Blue Impulse aerobatics team flew over Tokyo to show appreciation for health-care workers fighting the virus. Washington Post, "In Japan, coronavirus discrimination proves almost as hard to eradicate as the disease," 14 Sep. 2020 Until now, flapping wing drones have been slow flying and not capable of achieving the speed and power required for vertical aerobatics or sustained hovering. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "A Fine Ending to July - Tropical System Poses Some Risk to Florida by Weekend," 28 July 2020 July 1 has come to be commemorated across the nation with formal ceremonies, fireworks, and flyover demonstrations by the Snowbirds, the country’s military aerobatics team. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Canada Day marks the country’s birth—but not its independence," 1 July 2020 The Snowbirds are a military aerobatics squadron based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. NBC News, "Brazil's Bolsonaro hails anti-lockdown protesters as cases grow," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of aerobatics

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aerobatics

aero- + (acro)batics

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The first known use of aerobatics was in 1915

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12 Mar 2021

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“Aerobatics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aerobatics

: difficult and exciting movements of an airplane often performed for entertainment

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