noun, plural in form but singular in construction
aero·​nau·​tics | \ ˌer-ə-ˈnȯ-tiks How to pronounce aeronautics (audio) , -ˈnä- \

Definition of aeronautics

1 : a science dealing with the operation of aircraft
2 : the art or science of flight

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Other Words from aeronautics

aeronautical \ ˌer-​ə-​ˈnȯ-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce aeronautical (audio) , -​ˈnä-​ \ or less commonly aeronautic \ ˌer-​ə-​ˈnȯ-​tik How to pronounce aeronautic (audio) , -​ˈnä-​ \ adjective
aeronautically \ ˌer-​ə-​ˈnȯ-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce aeronautically (audio) , -​ˈnä-​ \ adverb

Examples of aeronautics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Orlando Science Center is adding a double dose of aeronautics history to its displays. Dewayne Bevil,, "Orlando Science Center: Wright Brothers, Apollo 11 artifacts to be added," 19 Aug. 2020 Her work fueled innumerable feats of aeronautics, several of which were outlined in the 26 research papers Johnson published over her decades-long career. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Curators Remember Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Highlighted in ‘Hidden Figures,’ Who Died at 101," 24 Feb. 2020 There are about 18,500 aeronautics division workers at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, where F-35s are assembled. Dallas News, "Lockheed Martin under fire again from Congress over F-35, this time for missing spare parts," 23 June 2020 The shipyards in Nantes stopped loading and unloading freighters, and work in much of the car manufacturing and aeronautics industries also ceased. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "May 1968: A Month of Revolution Pushed France Into the Modern World," 5 May 2018 Kent State's aeronautics programs include aeronautical studies, aeronautical systems engineering technology, aerospace engineering, air traffic control, aviation management and flight technology. Karen Farkas,, "Kent State University names Christina Bloebaum dean of College of Aeronautics and Engineering," 26 Feb. 2018 The simulated flyover was made by the mission's camera team at Germany's national aeronautics and space research center (DLR). Richard Tribou,, "NASA to extend Dawn mission, orbit Ceres indefinitely," 20 Oct. 2017 It is hosted by the university's aeronautics program in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering. Karen Farkas,, "Kent State University's Aeronautics Fair is Saturday, Sept. 9," 7 Sep. 2017 Dorothy Cochrane, a curator at the aeronautics department at the National Air and Space Museum, isn’t so sure. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Smithsonian Curator Weighs In on Photo That Allegedly Shows Amelia Earhart in Japanese Captivity," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of aeronautics

1798, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aeronautics

aeronautic "of or relating to the art or science of flight" (borrowed from New Latin aëronauticus, from Greek aero- aero- + nautikós "of ships, of seafaring") + -ics — more at nautical

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The first known use of aeronautics was in 1798

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26 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aeronautics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of aeronautics

: a science that deals with airplanes and flying


aero·​nau·​tics | \ ˌer-ə-ˈnȯ-tiks How to pronounce aeronautics (audio) \

Kids Definition of aeronautics

: a science dealing with the building and flying of aircraft

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