- of or relating to air, gases, or wind.
- of or relating to pneumatics.
- operated by air or by the pressure or exhaustion of air: a pneumatic drill.
- filled with or containing compressed air, as a tire.
- equipped with pneumatic tires.
- Theology. of or relating to the spirit; spiritual.
- Zoology. containing air or air cavities.
- a pneumatic tire.
- a vehicle having wheels with such tires.
Origin of pneumatic
Examples from the Web for pneumatic
My current wife has no need for a jealous bone in her pneumatic body.Charles Saatchi Answers Your Questions
The Daily Beast
May 31, 2010
Regulators, Dynamometers, Pneumatic and Hydraulic machinery.
It is proposed to transport passengers by means of the pneumatic tunnel.
There was a sharp, distinct snap of a pneumatic pistol, and the thud of a bullet.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
In 1772 he published his first paper on Pneumatic Chemistry.Priestley in America
Edgar F. Smith
He made a kind of pneumatic engine, by which he guessed the elasticity of the air.Letters on England
- of or concerned with air, gases, or windCompare hydraulic
- (of a machine or device) operated by compressed air or by a vacuuma pneumatic drill; pneumatic brakes
- containing compressed aira pneumatic tyre
- of or concerned with pneumatics
- of or relating to the soul or spirit
- of or relating to the Holy Ghost or other spiritual beings
- (of the bones of birds) containing air spaces which reduce their weight as an adaptation to flying
- informal (of a woman) well rounded, esp with a large bosom
- short for pneumatic tyre
Word Origin and History for pneumatic
1650s, from Latin pneumaticus "of the wind, belonging to the air," from Greek pneumatikos "of wind or air" (which is attested mainly as "of spirit, spiritual"), from pneuma (genitive pneumatos) "the wind," also "breath" (see pneuma). Earlier was pneumatical (c.1600).
- Of or relating to air or other gases.
- Relating to respiration.
- Relating to a structure that is filled with air.
- Relating to gases, especially air.
- Filled with or operated by compressed air. Pneumatic machines often involve the transmission of force through air pressure in pipes or tubes. See also hydraulic.