American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pilot or navigator of a lighter-than-air craft, such as a balloon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who sails or floats in the air; an aërial navigator; a balloonist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An aërial navigator; a balloonist.
- n. someone who operates an aircraft
- From the French aéronaute; compare the Italian aeronauta. (Wiktionary)
- aero- + Greek nautēs, sailor; see nāu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The aeronaut is strapped into a carrier, attached to a sail wing of nylon stretched on an aluminium frame like a paper dart, and jumps into the air from a high place.”
““Land,” called the aeronaut, his voice small against the whistling of the air over the wind-screen.”
“Japanese, and it is characteristic that from the first it was contemplated that the aeronaut should be a swordsman.”
“It was no easy task to carry, half dragging it, the heavy body of Mr. Damon off the platform, but the aeronaut was a muscular individual, and long hanging from a trapeze, at great heights, stood him in good stead.”
“The aeroplane owner who hires a professional aeronaut, that is, one who has qualified as an expert, owes him very little legal duty to supply him with a perfect aeroplane.”
“Land," called the aeronaut, his voice small against the whistling of the air over the wind-screen.”
“Mostly they were Japanese, and it is characteristic that from the first it was contemplated that the aeronaut should be a swordsman.”
“Sam Elliot is again the great Western icon as a Texan "aeronaut" signed on to the Arctic expedition.”
“Robert Falcon Scott became the first "aeronaut" when hespent an hour, 800 feet over the edgeof the Ross Ice ShelfonFebruary 4, 1902.”
“Flight pioneer Bertrand Piccard, an aeronaut who made the first nonstop round the world balloon flight, recently unveiled a prototype of an incredible solar-powered airplane that will one day circle the globe.”
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Words used quite often in steampunk
Words gathered while reading Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov.
*sigh* I wish I had lived in the barnstorming era. In my flying days, I loved nothing more than flipping around in the air and landing in fields or on dirt runways. (^-^)
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