hydraulic [hahy- draw-lik, - drol-ik] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective operated by, moved by, or employing water or other liquids in motion. operated by the pressure created by forcing water, oil, or another liquid through a comparatively narrow pipe or orifice. of or relating to water or other liquids in motion. hardening under water, as a cement. Origin of hydraulic 1620–30;
of a water organ. See
-ic Related forms hy·drau·li·cal·ly, adverb non·hy·drau·lic, adjective un·hy·drau·lic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hydraulically Historical Examples of hydraulically British Dictionary definitions for hydraulically adjective operated by pressure transmitted through a pipe by a liquid, such as water or oil of, concerned with, or employing liquids in motion of or concerned with hydraulics hardening under water hydraulic cement Derived Forms hydraulically, adverb Word Origin for hydraulic
C17: from Latin
hydraulicus of a water organ, from Greek hudraulikos, from hudraulos water organ, from hydro- + aulos pipe, reed instrument
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Word Origin and History for hydraulically adj.
c.1600, from Greek
hydraulikos organon "water organ," from hydr-, stem of hydor "water" (see water (n.1)) + aulos "musical instrument, hollow tube" (see alveolus). Extended by the Romans to other kinds of water engines.
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Operated by the pressure of water or other liquids. Hydraulic systems, such as hydraulic brakes, allow mechanical force to be transferred along curved paths (through pipes or tubes) that would be difficult for solid mechanisms, such as levers or cables, to negotiate efficiently. Relating to hydraulics. Capable of hardening under water, as cement.
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A descriptive term for a system operated or moved by a
fluid. The hydraulic jack, in which force is transmitted from a handle by means of a heavy oil, is probably the most familiar hydraulic device.
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