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

Other Words from aeronautics

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

Examples of aeronautics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Huntsville has long been associated with its defense and aeronautics work at places like Redstone Arsenal and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, hence the amphitheater’s stargazing name. Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2022 Like the X-57—and most of the X-Planes—the X-59 was designed to pass along its findings to the aeronautics industry, rather than creating a new aircraft type. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 2 May 2022 That’s one prediction from a 1928 edition of the magazine, which envisioned aeronautics as the next great technical wave of progress. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 11 Jan. 2022 In the aeronautics industry, the pressure of the Covid-19 crisis and the urgency of the climate crisis are incentivizing this industry to fast-track its technology innovation. Bryan Crutchfield, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 What the chosen will get is a bill for $92,000 and a kit that requires some not very taxing assembly to become a roughly 190-pound machine with eight rotors and fly-by-wire aeronautics. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2021 To create their holographic effect, Choisne tapped French aeronautics company, St. Gobain, for a special material typically used to coat the lights on airport runways. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 8 July 2021 Born November 27, 1936, in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, Lunney grew up fascinated with flight and decided to study aeronautics at the University of Detroit. William Harwood, CBS News, 19 Mar. 2021 The two are not typical aeronautics geeks, but rather entrepreneurs who built and sold businesses in other industries before entering the fast-developing urban air mobility sector. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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“Aeronautics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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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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