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).
Related formshy·dro·pon·ic, adjectivehy·dro·pon·i·cal·ly, adverbhy·drop·o·nist [hahy-drop-uh-nist] /haɪˈdrɒp ə nɪst/, hy·dro·pon·i·cist, noun
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Related Words for hydroponicsgardening
Examples from the Web for hydroponics
Historical Examples of hydroponics
If it wasn't for hydroponics and the Ag Culture controls, we'd be licked right now.
I guess you'd say that there were a lot of jobs in the aquariums and the hydroponics gardens.
All the sailors on the ship must have had hydroponics or its equivalent on the brain.
To the left lay the hydroponics tanks, and to the right, the mutants' cubicles.
Then we made a dash for hydroponics, toward the rear of the ship.
British Dictionary definitions for hydroponics
Derived Formshydroponic, adjectivehydroponically, adverb
(functioning as singular) a method of cultivating plants by growing them in gravel, etc, through which water containing dissolved inorganic nutrient salts is pumpedAlso called: aquiculture
Word Origin for hydroponics
C20: from hydro- + (geo) ponics
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Word Origin and History for hydroponics
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
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
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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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
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