sky·​writ·​ing | \ ˈskī-ˌrī-tiŋ How to pronounce skywriting (audio) \

Definition of skywriting

: writing formed in the sky by means of a visible substance (such as smoke) emitted from an airplane

Examples of skywriting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pattern was as clear as skywriting; the balls seemed to hang in the air. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, "Here’s What Learning to Juggle Does to Your Brain," 4 Feb. 2021 The Geico Skytypers, always an Air Show crowd-pleaser for their white-smoke skywriting and aerobatic loops, will send one of their WWII aircrafts to face off against Miss Geico, a 47-foot catamaran. Phillip Valys,, "Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2020 guide to high-flying stunts, parking, tickets, livestream," 17 Nov. 2020 Compared to the beleaguered art of skywriting, skytyping remains a popular form of aerial advertising, reaching even for audiences glued to their mobile phones. Anne Quito, Quartz, "For Independence Day, skytypers will expose immigrant jails across the US," 3 July 2020 The list of locations and skywriting schedules are posted on the project website. Anne Quito, Quartz, "For Independence Day, skytypers will expose immigrant jails across the US," 3 July 2020 Some of them are dated—skywriting as a form of resistance—and his list doesn’t stretch to cover the myriad possibilities that the Internet presents. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "If Trump Goes Even Lower, We’d Better Be Prepared," 3 June 2020 The team’s jets are equipped with a unique skywriting system designed to produce the colors of the Italian flag during demonstrations. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Italy’s Flight Demo Team Gives Nation an Emotional Boost," 16 Mar. 2020 So, who or what is behind the skywriting that had many Phoenix-area residents commenting on social media? azcentral, "What's the story behind the skywriting in Phoenix?," 18 Apr. 2018 Both sides have been accused of forcing unwanted messages on the public, either through skywriting campaigns (no), or mass unsolicited text messages (yes). Lucie Morris-marr, CNN, "The simple yes-no question dividing Australia's suburbs," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of skywriting

1904, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2021

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“Skywriting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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