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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is skilled in feats of balance and agility in gymnastics.
  • n. One who changes one's viewpoint on short notice in response to the circumstances.

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  • n. An athlete who performs acts requiring skill, agility and coordination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who practices rope dancing, high vaulting, or other daring gymnastic feats.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ropedancer; also, one who practises high vaulting, tumbling, or other feats of personal agility.
  • n. A species of the genus Acrobates.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an athlete who performs acts requiring skill and agility and coordination

Etymologies

French acrobate, from Greek akrobatēs : akros, high; see acro- + bainein, bat-, to walk.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French acrobate, from Ancient Greek ἀκροβάτης (akrobatēs, "walking on tiptoe, climbing aloft"), from ἀκροβατέω (akrobateō, "I walk on tiptoe"), from ἄκρον (akron, "highest or farthest point, mountain top, peak") + βαίνω (bainō, "I walk, step"). (Wiktionary)

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