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  • The flying or operating of aircraft.

    ‘two events launched the history of modern aviation’
    • ‘the aviation industry’
    • ‘It is easy to see why wrecks of this nature are attractive to aircraft restorers and aviation museums.’
    • ‘One of the most exciting and emerging fields of engineering is aviation and aerospace.’
    • ‘It was one of the most bewildering incidents in aviation history during the Pacific War.’
    • ‘My little part of aviation starts on downwind and ends when you turn off on a taxiway.’
    • ‘The aircraft has an unrivalled safety record throughout the world of aviation.’
    • ‘He's given in to the persistent, powerful and rich aviation industry lobby.’
    • ‘So what happened for a helicopter deemed by aviation experts to be one of the safest to just drop out of the sky on a clear July evening?’
    • ‘These are only the first steps needed to begin reviving our sick aviation industry.’
    • ‘The aviation industry must pay its way for the environmental damage it causes.’
    • ‘You have to look hard, but Scotland still has a niche in the worldwide civil aviation industry.’
    • ‘The aviation industry is in a constant state of change and the future appears uncertain.’
    • ‘The world of business aviation has honoured the battling boss of Southend Airport with its highest award.’
    • ‘Police, aviation inspectors and the owners of the aircraft inspect the site of the crash.’
    • ‘The Shoreham Aircraft Museum will also be present for those interested in aviation history.’
    • ‘Now, that doesn't mean six years of aviation school - but look at it this way.’
    • ‘The civil aviation authority has no real powers other than the civil and commercial air-traffic.’
    • ‘Cathay is applying to Chinese aviation authorities for approval to fly to Beijing.’
    • ‘Areas of particular interest will include passenger road transport and aviation.’
    • ‘What magic might he have worked had he lived into the age of electricity and aviation?’
    • ‘It is expected to make the airport match international aviation safety standards.’
    aviation, flying, air transport, aerial navigation, aeronautics



/ˌāvēˈāSH(ə)n/ /ˌeɪviˈeɪʃ(ə)n/


Mid 19th century from French, formed irregularly from Latin avis ‘bird’.