from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The art or practice of aërial navigation; the science of raising, suspending, and guiding machines in the air, or of ascending in balloons.
  • noun The science of aërostatics.

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

  • noun That part of aëronautics that deals with passive balloons; the art of raising and guiding balloons in the air.
  • noun obsolete The science of weighing air; aërostatics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete Aerial navigation; the art of raising and guiding balloons in the air.
  • noun obsolete The science of weighing air; aerostatics.


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Compare French aérostation, the art of using aerostats.


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  • He united in one machine the two modes previously made use of in aerostation.

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  • From the year 1783, in which aerostation had its birth, and in which it was carried to a degree of perfection, beside which the progress of aeronauts in our days seems small, a new route was opened up for travellers.

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  • The most popular name in aerostation during the Revolution and the

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  • It must also be remembered that the currents of air vary in their directions, according to their elevation, and were the aeronaut perfectly acquainted with aerial currents, he might, by raising or lowering himself, find a wind blowing in the direction in which he wished to proceed, and the last problem of aerostation would be solved.

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  • We are at present specially engaged with the narrative of the first attempts in aerostation -- the first experiments in the new discovery.

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  • At the commencement of the year 1804, Laplace, at the Institute, proposed to take advantage of the means offered by aerostation to verify at great heights certain scientific points -- as, for example, those which concern magnetism.

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  • We will conclude this second part by giving a brief notice of some of those who, in the early days of aerostation, fell martyrs to their devotion to the new cause, and sometimes victims to their own want of foresight and their inexperience.

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  • The military authorities have set aside, as a site for an aerostation camp, some twenty-five acres of the park near Rocquencourt.

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  • It is to Mr. Glaisher and Mr. Coxwell, however, that the highest honours of scientific aerostation belong.

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  • There is not in the whole annals of aerostation a more moving catastrophe than that of the unfortunate Comte Zambeccari, who, during an aerial journey on October the 7th, 1804, was cast away on the waves of the Adriatic.

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