aero-, aer-, aeri-

(Greek: air, mist, wind)

aerology (s) (noun)
1. The scientific study of atmospheric conditions at heights which are unaffected by the friction of the earth's surface.
2. The branch of meteorology that studies the total vertical extent of the earth's atmosphere as opposed to the atmosphere which is close to the earth's surface.

The most commonly studied atmospheric factors in aerology are air temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, wind, and ozone levels. Radioactivity and some aspects of long-wave radiation are also studied.

aeromagnetics
The scientific study of the earth's magnetic characteristics as measured from the air.
aeromancy (s) (noun), aeromancies (pl)
Fortune telling by observing substances in the air or wind; such as, cloud shapes, weather conditions, and atmospheric phenomena (comets, etc.): An aeromancy is divination that involves the direction of the wind as when throwing sand or dirt in the wind after asking a question, and receiving the answer in the form of the dust cloud; or throwing a handful of seeds into the air and receiving the answer to a question from the pattern created by the fallen seeds. Also known as austromancy.

For many centuries, humans believed that the wind was actually the breath of their deities; alternately, some thought that specific types of winds, particularly hot winds, were the work of demons.

In medieval writings on divination, the term aeromancy (usually spelled "aerimancy") was expanded to include almost all phenomena occurring in the air; such as, forecasting the weather.

aeromantist
Someone who foretells the future by examining air or atmospheric conditions; such as, a weather forecaster.
aeromechanics
The scientific study of air and other gases in motion or in equilibrium, including the two distinct branches of aerodynamics and aerostatics.
aeromedicine, aeromedical
Aviation medicine.
aerometer
An instrument for weighing air or for estimating the density of air or other gases.
aerometric
1. Of or pertaining to hydrometry (determination of a fluid's specific gravity).
2. Relating to a hydrometer (a meter used to determine a fluid's specific grvity).
aerometry
The process of utilizing an instrument for measuring the weight or density of air and gases.
aeromorphosis
The modification of a form or structure because of, or resulting from, exposure to air or wind.
aeronausiphobia (s) (noun), aeronausiphobias (pl)
An abnormal apprehension about being in airplanes or the abhorrence of throwing up because of airsickness: People who have aeronausiphobia are really afraid that they might vomit, or see others regurgitating, and they may also be very nervous about being nauseatedĀ themselves because of flying or of seeing others who are afflicted with the illness.

Someone who has aeronausiphobia is absolutely fearful about the possibility of the aircraft flying through turbulent air as it rises and drops abruptly which would cause him or her to be overwhelmed and to vomit.

aeronaut (s) (noun), aeronauts (pl)
1. The pilot of a balloon or other lighter-than-air aircraft.
2. A traveler in an airship.
3. A pilot or navigator of a lighter-than-air craft; such as, a balloon.
4. Literally, an "air sailor".
aeronautic
Relating to the science, art, or work of designing, making, and operating aircraft.
aeronautical (adjective), more aeronautical, most aeronautical
1. Pertaining to the scientific study of flight in the air: Harold was studying aeronautical engineering at university.
2. The science of designing, building, and operating various forms of aircraft: Katherine was working for aeronautical manufacturers who design and build the latest aircraft.
3. A reference to the study or practice of all aspects of flight through the air: As an ornithologist, Harry was familiar with the aeronautical features of birds in flight.
Pertaining to navigating in the air.
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Cross references of word groups that are related, directly or indirectly, to: "air, wind": aello-; aeolo-; anemo-; atmo-; austro-; flat-, flatu-; phys-; pneo-, -pnea; pneumato-; turb-; vent-; zephyro-.