Definition of aviation
1 : the operation of heavier-than-air aircraft
2 : military airplanes
3 : airplane manufacture, development, and design
Recent Examples of aviation from the Web
Joe Taschler covers aviation for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and JSOnline.
An Alabama aviation firm has announced a big sale at the Paris Air Show.
There also were K-9 units and special operations officers from the Sheriff's Office, as well as State Police aviation, were on hand, according to Kahler.
But the school primarily supports its aviation program with fundraisers, including an annual banquet, which have drawn guests of honor such as former President George W. Bush.
John Ferguson, a volunteer pilot for the aircraft, said the Liberty Foundation tours about 50 cities each year educating and promoting World War II aviation history as well as honoring veterans who flew the B-17.
Barron initially was interested in naval aviation, but didn't meet the stringent eyesight requirments.
But the proposal has critics among some airlines, general-aviation groups and in Congress.
And what are the nuts and bolts of energy politics, aviation emissions and U.S. energy conservation programs?
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Origin and Etymology of aviation
French, from Latin avis
First Known Use: 1865See Words from the same year
AVIATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aviation for English Language Learners
: the business or practice of flying airplanes, helicopters, etc.
AVIATION Defined for Kids
Definition of aviation for Students
1 : the flying of aircraft
2 : the designing and making of aircraft
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