• WordNet 3.6
    • n acrobat an athlete who performs acts requiring skill and agility and coordination
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Acrobat One who practices rope dancing, high vaulting, or other daring gymnastic feats.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acrobat A ropedancer; also, one who practises high vaulting, tumbling, or other feats of personal agility.
    • n acrobat A species of the genus Acrobates.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acrobat ak′ro-bat a rope-dancer: a tumbler: a vaulter
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “The way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test Reality we must see it on the tight-rope. When the Verities become acrobats we can judge them.”
  • Barres
    “The politician is like an acrobat : he keeps his balance By saying the opposite of what he does.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. acrobate, fr. Gr. walking on tiptoe, climbing aloft; high + to go
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. akrobatos, walking on tiptoe; akros, point, batosbainein, to go.


In literature:

He is energetic, ambitious, courageous, and acrobatic.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
In vaudeville with acrobats and funny men and little suppers to follow.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
There were difficult steps and acrobatic feats introduced by Mlle.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
Yes, I was going to be an acrobat and wear pretty red tights with glittering spangles!
"Confessions of a Neurasthenic" by William Taylor Marrs
In everything save acrobatics and oratory he holds the platform laurels.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Strength, carried to its extreme produces the athlete; adroitness, to its extreme, the acrobat.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
No more acrobatics and no more hedge hopping.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
He hurried along in a sudden cloud of dust, and threw himself off the pony like a little acrobat.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
It was a variety show, a mixed programme of acrobatic feats, singing and girls dancing.
"The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories" by Charles Weathers Bump
Perhaps the best among these are "The Mirthful Menagerie," "The Agile Acrobats" and "The Magic Changelings.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

In poetry:

Acrobat of space
The daring adjective
Plunges for a phrase
Describing arcs of love.
"Verbal Calisthenics" by Sylvia Plath
Understand what happened the day I fell.
My heart had stammered and hungered at
a marriage feast until the angel of hell
turned me into the punisher, the acrobat.
"The Break" by Anne Sexton
In the deep shadow of the porch
A slender bind-weed springs,
And climbs, like airy acrobat,
The trellises, and swings
And dances in the golden sun
In fairy loops and rings.
"Bind-Weed" by Susan Coolidge

In news:

Imperial Acrobats of China.
Jerome Simpson makes acrobatic catch in Vikings minicamp.
Bill Geist uncovers the acrobatic world of "joggling.".
New Acrobat XI Includes a Lot of callas software Know How.
Acrobat Jaime Verazin performs as Ariel a scene from Act I of Thomas Adès' "The Tempest" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
The documents below are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.
If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you can obtain the software free of charge at www.
Brenda Harris propelled Lady Macbeth 's acrobatic music with power and commanding attitude.
Traffic Cones (flickR User/A National Acrobat).
Adobe Systems, the maker of Photoshop and Acrobat software, said Wednesday that its earnings in its current quarter would decline or remain flat because customers have adopted the company's new subscription-based model faster than expected.
You must have Acrobat Reader installed on your machine in order to open these files.
Chinese acrobats take audience to mystical Shangri-La.
A young Chinese acrobat moves on stage as she begins a balancing performance, while spinning several fabric covered discs, on Sunday afternoon at Saddleback's McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo.
A young acrobat shows her skill and flexibility as she balances on her hands some 10 feet off the ground on Sunday afternoon at Saddleback's McKinney Theatre in Mission Viejo.
Better than Acrobat at exporting to Microsoft Office format.

In science:

For example, when Acrobat Reader 9 extracts content for the PDF in Figure 1 text is in the wrong order and column boundaries are lost.
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
Commercial typesetting packages such as Adobe’s Acrobat Writer produce wonderful documents with great ease, however, they cannot beat TEX at what it was designed to do.
Open source software and peer review
Current examples include Adobe Acrobat, TurboTax, Microsoft Money and Norton AntiVirus.
Evaluating Pricing Strategy Using e-Commerce Data: Evidence and Estimation Challenges
General relativity may demand more mathematical acrobatics, but it was the geometrical leap made in moving from Newton’s view of space and time to the single continuous notion of spacetime that was truly demonstrated Einstein’s genius.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
PDF file is extracting the title directly from the PDF’s metadata . At the moment, Adobe enriches PDF with XMP (has been introduced with Adobe Acrobat 5.0 and PDF 1.4 in April 2001).
PDF articles metadata harvester