noun, often attributive
avi·​a·​tion | \ ˌā-vē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce aviation (audio) , ˌa- \

Definition of aviation

1 : the operation of aircraft a pioneer in the early days of aviation a career in aviation sometimes, specifically : the operation of heavier-than-air aircraft Fascinated from that moment on by aviation, [John] Montgomery pursued pioneering experiments in the design of a heavier-than-air glider … — Kevin Starr
2 : military airplanes carrier-based aviation
3 : airplane manufacture, development, and design By that time, [Theodore P.] Wright already had established himself as a leading figure in American aviation.— Michael Rothschild

Examples of aviation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of these cross the public and private spheres, and coalitions promising to decarbonize key sectors are appearing everywhere from shipping to aviation, energy, cars, steel, fashion, consumer goods, agriculture, and more. Paul Polman, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2021 Arizona's already-robust aviation industry got a boost Tuesday as two aircraft makers separately announced investments in the East Valley. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 10 Nov. 2021 The mobile wireless industry has already made a huge concession to aviation. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 The upbeat mood couldn't mask the fact that the aviation industry remains deep in crisis. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 Nov. 2021 The area is also home to a burgeoning aviation industry led by MSC Aerospace and its three subsidiaries — Metalcraft, SyberJet Aircraft and Cedar Building Associates. The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Nov. 2021 Maersk is turning to aviation as global supply chain congestion continues to disrupt international trade. Walé Azeez, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 The museum, founded in 1998, is the only one of its kind in the world, Fisher said, recognizing the full range of contributions to aviation, from pioneering pilots and astronauts to engineers, astronomers and physicists. cleveland, 1 Nov. 2021 After spending her firs two years of college considering other career paths including a music teacher and speech therapist, Tammy was introduced to aviation by way of an aptitude test and hasn’t looked back since. Rachaell Davis, Essence, 14 Oct. 2021

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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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3 Dec 2021

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“Aviation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aviation. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce aviation (audio) \

Kids Definition of aviation

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


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