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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Air, Industry
aviationa‧vi‧a‧tion /ˌeɪviˈeɪʃən $ ˌeɪ-, ˌæ-/ noun [uncountable]  1 TTAthe science or practice of flying in aircraft2 TITTAthe industry that makes aircraft
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aviationAt the same time Beaverbrook told the House of Lords of Britain's willingness to attend an international conference on civil aviation.This radical and sweeping blueprint for Britain's peacetime civil aviation industry was considered by the War Cabinet on 25 February 1943.Roosevelt, like Churchill, saw the significance of postwar civil aviation, and believed in free and open competition.Schiavo is correct in pointing out that there are many aspects of commercial aviation in need of safer practices.Now with Amelia, Gosmo had the first aviation editor.Gasoline, aviation fuel, heating oil, and diesel fuel tank farms are always located near centers of demand.Light aviation is an unpredictable business.Finally Brooks of Clapham included a varied and most interesting collection of aviation memorabilia in their sale on September 15.
From Longman Business Dictionaryaviationa‧vi‧a‧tion /ˌeɪviˈeɪʃənˌeɪ-, ˌæ-/ noun [uncountable]1MANUFACTURING the business of making aircraftjob losses in the aviation industry2COMMERCETRANSPORTthe business of transporting people and goods in aircraftMore competition in aviation means more choice, better service and lower fares. see also aeronautics civil aviation