acrobat

An acrobat is someone who skillfully performs gymnastic feats or other actions that involve agility and balance, such as a trapeze artist soaring through the air, or a tightrope walker at the circus.

You may be tempted to conclude that the bat in acrobat is a tribute to the animal that soars through the air when not hanging upside down. The source is not quite that creative. It comes from bainein, which is Greek for "to walk." The acro bit comes from akros, meaning "highest point." So acrobat is a reference to the classic and possibly first trick perfected by these artists, tightrope walking.

Definitions of acrobat
  1. noun
    an athlete who performs acts requiring skill and agility and coordination
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    aerialist
    an acrobat who performs in the air (as on a rope or trapeze)
    balancer
    an acrobat who balances himself in difficult positions
    circus acrobat
    an acrobat who performs acrobatic feats in a circus
    contortionist
    an acrobat able to twist into unusual positions
    funambulist, tightrope walker
    an acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope
    ropedancer, ropewalker
    an acrobat who performs on a rope stretched at some height above the ground
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    athlete, jock
    a person trained to compete in sports
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