noun, often attributive
avi·​a·​tion | \ˌā-vē-ˈā-shən, ˌa-\

Definition of aviation 

1 : the operation of heavier-than-air aircraft

2 : military airplanes

3 : airplane manufacture, development, and design

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This isn't uncommon in the world of aviation, but this was my first! Georgia Dean, Condé Nast Traveler, "Co-Piloting a 54-Day Flight With My Dad: Dispatch #5," 17 Oct. 2018 Drones were once seen as the ultimate hazards in the highway of the skies, especially for commercial aviation. Andrew Craft, Fox News, "FAA says it's finally 'catching up' to drone technology; several programs in the works," 12 Sep. 2018 Rudyard Kipling wrote about a world transformed by a peaceful use of aviation, but there were plenty of doom and gloom novels, too. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A historian explains how people of the past imagined the future," 20 July 2018 Ten years ago, there were 10 ultra-long-haul flights, according to Samuel Engel, the senior vice president of aviation at the consulting group ICF. New York Times, "18 Hours and 45 Minutes: Longest Commercial Flight Returns to Service," 30 May 2018 Over Houston Airshow Event showcases vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation in the air over Ellington Field. Ana Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Put these upcoming Houston-area events and festivals on the calendar," 10 May 2018 Uber Uber gathered industry experts, from regulators to private companies, to discuss the future of aviation as the ride-hail company sees it. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "The FAA will have ‘zero tolerance’ for anything less safe than current standards when it comes to regulating flying cars," 9 May 2018 Among them was Jerrie Cobb, who excelled in the program and also has made her mark in everything from business to aviation. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Old Globe Theatre staging five world premieres in 2018-19 season," 4 May 2018 So: the undeniable dangers of small-plane aviation are almost completely limited to their own pilots and passengers. James Fallows, The Atlantic, "A Case Against Gun Control," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of aviation

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aviation

French, from Latin avis

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The first known use of aviation was in 1865

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English Language Learners Definition of aviation

: the business or practice of flying airplanes, helicopters, etc.


avi·​a·​tion | \ˌā-vē-ˈā-shən \

Kids Definition of aviation

1 : the flying of aircraft

2 : the designing and making of aircraft

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