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Aerostat   Listen
noun
Aerostat  n.  
1.
(Aeronautics) A balloon, especially a passive balloon; a balloon without motive power. Contrasted with aerodyne.
2.
A balloonist; an aeronaut.






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"Aerostat" Quotes from Famous Books



... exhibitions of flight into the air amid smoke and flame in mockery of the ascension. But do the many tales of sorcerers in the Middle Ages, who rose from the ground with their cloaks apparently filled with wind, to awe the rabble, suggest that they had deduced the principle of the aerostat from watching the action of smoke as did the Montgolfiers hundreds of years later? At all events one of these alleged exhibitions about the year 800 inspired the good Bishop Agobard of Lyons to write a book against superstition, ...
— The Age of Invention - A Chronicle of Mechanical Conquest, Book, 37 in The - Chronicles of America Series • Holland Thompson



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