Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: aero|naut¦ics
Pronunciation: /ɛːrəˈnɔːtɪks

Definition of aeronautics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The science or practice of building or flying aircraft.
Example sentences
  • The history of aeronautics is full of aircraft developed in secret.
  • He then earned a master of science degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University.
  • The Society's purpose is to advance the knowledge and practice of aeronautics.


early 19th century: from modern Latin aeronautica 'matters relating to aeronautics', from Greek (see aeronaut).



Example sentences
  • The university, known for its excellent aeronautic, aerospace, and mechanical engineering schools, had a decided advantage.
  • In the 19th century it was given signification over aviation, aeronautic experiments and apparatus that relates that.
  • The humble fly hovering over a garbage can is routinely capable of some high-speed aeronautic manoeuvres.


Example sentences
  • Until then, the Flying Wing is an American aeronautical treasure that should be savored each time it flies.
  • Quite often, the designers of these usually one-off aircraft had just a modicum of aeronautical education.
  • The aeronautical press was stunned since secrecy involving the new aircraft had been very, very good.

Definition of aeronautics in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day quintillion
Pronunciation: kwɪnˈtɪljən
a thousand raised to the power of six…