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[hahy-druh-pon-iks] /ˌhaɪ drəˈpɒn ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil; soilless growth of plants.
Compare aeroculture, geoponics (def 2).
Origin of hydroponics
First recorded in 1935-40; hydro-1 + (geo)ponics
Related forms
hydroponic, adjective
hydroponically, adverb
[hahy-drop-uh-nist] /haɪˈdrɒp ə nɪst/ (Show IPA),
hydroponicist, noun Unabridged
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  • "We'll take the body to the hydroponic farm for the vats," he said.

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  • “They designed the hydroponic garden,” said Sally with a certain scorn.

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  • Food was furnished by automatic vendors at the hydroponic Farms.

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  • It was absurd—until he remembered that there was a hydroponic garden here.

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  • Are you people getting any fresh vegetables from the hydroponic garden?

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  • As planned, 4901 marched on and stood in the steaming shadows behind the hydroponic beds.

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  • "The hydroponic growers, the aquarium manufacturers," answered the man with the scars.

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  • He told them about Dunnan's heavy purchases of air-and-water recycling equipment and carniculture and hydroponic material.

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British Dictionary definitions for hydroponic


(functioning as sing) a method of cultivating plants by growing them in gravel, etc, through which water containing dissolved inorganic nutrient salts is pumped Also called aquiculture
Derived Forms
hydroponic, adjective
hydroponically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from hydro- + (geo)ponics
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Word Origin and History for hydroponic



1937, formed in English from hydro- + -ponics, from Greek ponein "to labor, toil," from ponos "labor" (see span (v.)). Related: Hydroponic (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hydroponic in Science
The cultivation of plants in a nutrient-rich solution, rather than in soil, and under controlled conditions of light, temperature, and humidity. Also called aquaculture.
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hydroponic in Culture
hydroponics [(heye-druh-pon-iks)]

Cultivating plants in an artificial environment in which the necessary nutrients are carried to the roots in a liquid mixture.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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