Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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  • noun an athlete who performs acts requiring skill and agility and coordination

Etymologies

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

[French acrobate, from Greek akrobatēs : akros, high; see acro– + bainein, bat-, to walk; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.]

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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").

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