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aerobatics

Line breaks: aero|bat¦ics
Pronunciation: /ɛːrəˈbatɪks
 
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Definition of aerobatics in English:

plural noun

[usually treated as singular]
Loops, rolls, and other feats of spectacular flying performed in one or more aircraft to entertain an audience on the ground.
Example sentences
  • An experienced Skyray user can perform aerobatics, doing barrel rolls and slaloming through clouds.
  • And while it's a sturdy training aircraft, it also has a deserved reputation for aerobatics - it can perform a 360° roll in just two seconds.
  • It had excellent performance at height and could still perform aerobatics at 5000m.

Origin

First World War: from aero- + a shortened form of acrobatics.

Derivatives

aerobatic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The all-metal airplane was aerobatic, mostly with help from momentum.
  • Some pilots argue that wood is a more logical material for aerobatic airplanes than metal because wood has no memory.
  • The aircraft had left the airport at Lafayette for an aerobatic practice flight.

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