American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To operate an aircraft; fly.
- v. To operate an aircraft.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. fly an airplane.
- v. colloq. To fly, or navigate the air, in an aëroplane or heavier-than-air flying machine.
- v. operate an airplane
- Back-formation from aviator (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from aviation. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“WILEY: The rule is that you aviate, navigate and then you communicate.”
“They know that the pilots must adhere to the adage “aviate–navigate–communicate”—strictly in that order.”
“If, in fact, he was alone in that airplane, and he was concentrating on trying to fix whatever was wrong, he might have had his head buried in his instruments, doing whatever needed to be done to try to take care of that problem, and might have forgotten the cardinal rule of flying, that, when you're in trouble, first thing you do is aviate the airplane.”
“So what that really means though, even though they're being trained, the culture of the department and the old guard within the department still allow for that level of treatment and misconduct, and basically aviate whatever effect that the diversity training has.”
“Bannister with his Billion-Dollar Mystery, yet equally unwilling to aviate from a blanket heaved by the husky athletes.”
“Can you aviate – high-dive – drive a car – buck-jump – shoot?" read Miss Moss.”
“I got in an excellent drive, but unfortunately it didn't aviate quick enough.”
“Now don't begin to aviate until you understand the truth," Speed continued.”
“If she had resented Kennedy, she positively flew up in the air and commenced to aviate at Maloney's questioning.”
“94A: Professional who may wear goggles [AVIATOR] - this came to mind instantly, but a. I didn't think you had to be a "professional" to aviate, and b.”
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