aviation

noun, often attributive avi·a·tion \ ˌā-vē-ˈā-shən , ˌa- \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of aviation

1 : the operation of heavier-than-air aircraft
2 : military airplanes
3 : airplane manufacture, development, and design

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Origin and Etymology of aviation

French, from Latin avis

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AVIATION Defined for English Language Learners

aviation

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Definition of aviation for English Language Learners

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


AVIATION Defined for Kids

aviation

noun avi·a·tion \ ˌā-vē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of aviation for Students

1 : the flying of aircraft
2 : the designing and making of aircraft


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