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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The head of Qatar Airways apologized on Wednesday for saying that a woman could not do his job, while global airlines pledged to speed up efforts to break down gender imbalances in aviation. Tim Hepher And Jamie Freed, The Christian Science Monitor, "Qatar Airways emphasizes commitment to gender parity after sexist comments," 6 June 2018 At a press conference in Sydney, where the IATA held its annual meeting, he was asked what could be done about the woeful representation of women in Middle East aviation. BostonGlobe.com, "UK Cabinet backs expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport," 5 June 2018 Daniel Savoie, a spokesman for Transport Canada, the governmental agency that oversees transportation in the country, told Castanet that each airline is responsible for making sure their planes comply with the country's aviation safety regulations. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'There was poop falling through my sunroof.' Canadians say they got hit by raining poo," 5 June 2018 The United States was well behind in military aviation. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Motor Speedway and town were a crucial aviation hub during WWI," 18 May 2018 The name of the aviator, who made record-setting flights that started or ended here and is among the most famous names in aviation, is also on a handful of street signs on a stretch of road that parallels the old runway. Spud Hilton, San Francisco Chronicle, "Women were pioneers of flight. So why aren’t any airports named for them?," 12 May 2018 Veterans like Shults and Sully are becoming increasingly rare in commercial aviation, and their numbers are set to fall further. Washington Post, latimes.com, "What are the odds an ex-fighter pilot like Capt. Tammie Jo Shults is flying your airline plane?," 20 Apr. 2018 Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton wants a hearing on aviation safety following this accident. CBS News, "Pilot who safely landed damaged Southwest flight was "there for a reason," friend says," 19 Apr. 2018 His lack of winter aviation experience notwithstanding, Presley, who got his mom’s famous beauty mark (on his right cheek) and has a tattoo on his arm (be grateful), seems to worry her less. Brooks Barnes, Town & Country, "How Cindy Crawford Became the Ultimate Model Matriarch," 4 Apr. 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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