aerostat

noun aero·stat \ -ˌstat \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of aerostat

: a lighter-than-air aircraft (such as a balloon or blimp) — compare aerodyne

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Origin and Etymology of aerostat

borrowed from French aérostat, probably back-formation from aérostatique "of aerostatiques," with -stat (after héliostat heliostat) taken as the Greek agentive element -statēs "one who causes to stand" — more at -stat


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