American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The science of gases in equilibrium and of the equilibrium of balloons or aircraft under changing atmospheric flight conditions.
“They were not engineers by profession, but simply amateurs of all that appertained to aerostatics, and they were amateurs in a fury, and especially foes of those who would oppose to aerostats “apparatuses heavier than the air,” flying machines, aerial ships, or what not.”
“Marechal, beholding this, passed suddenly from unbelief to perfect faith in aerostatics and in the capacity of the human mind, fell on his knees, and, with his eyes bathed in tears, moaned out pitifully the words,”
“The attempts which we are about to cite do not strictly belong to the history of aerostatics.”
“It is not proposed, in this book, to embark upon a lengthy and highly technical dissertation on aerostatics, although it is an intricate science which must be thoroughly grasped by anyone who wishes to possess a full knowledge of airships and the various problems which occur in their design.”
“He had the combination of two of the sections of pigeonholes, aerostatics and intelligence.”
“Francesco Lana, with his 'aerial ship,' stands as one of the first great exponents of aerostatics; up to the time of the Montgolfier and”
“Whenever the topic is brought to the front; whenever aerostatics are discussed, your name and fame are sure to play a prominent part.”
“They were not engineers by profession, but simply amateurs of all that appertained to aerostatics, and they were amateurs in a fury, and especially foes of those who would oppose to aerostats "apparatuses heavier than the air," flying machines, aerial ships, or what not.”
“He had pondered long and patiently on the subject of balloons -- endeavouring to recall to mind what little he had studied of aerostatics -- and had mentally examined all the material objects within reach, in the hope of discovering some substance out of which one might be constructed.”
“I haven't had the opportunity to study aerostatics the same as Paul here.”
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