[noo-mat-ik, nyoo-]
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  1. of or relating to air, gases, or wind.
  2. of or relating to pneumatics.
  3. operated by air or by the pressure or exhaustion of air: a pneumatic drill.
  4. filled with or containing compressed air, as a tire.
  5. equipped with pneumatic tires.
  6. Theology. of or relating to the spirit; spiritual.
  7. Zoology. containing air or air cavities.
  1. a pneumatic tire.
  2. a vehicle having wheels with such tires.

Origin of pneumatic

1650–60; < Latin pneumaticus < Greek pneumatikós pertaining to air, breath or wind, spiritual, equivalent to pneumat- (stem of pneûma; see pneuma) + -ikos -ic
Related formspneu·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbpneu·ma·tic·i·ty [noo-muh-tis-i-tee, nyoo-] /ˌnu məˈtɪs ɪ ti, ˌnyu-/, nounnon·pneu·mat·ic, adjectivenon·pneu·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·pneu·mat·ic, adjectiveun·pneu·mat·ic, adjectiveun·pneu·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of or concerned with air, gases, or windCompare hydraulic
  2. (of a machine or device) operated by compressed air or by a vacuuma pneumatic drill; pneumatic brakes
  3. containing compressed aira pneumatic tyre
  4. of or concerned with pneumatics
  5. theol
    1. of or relating to the soul or spirit
    2. of or relating to the Holy Ghost or other spiritual beings
  6. (of the bones of birds) containing air spaces which reduce their weight as an adaptation to flying
  7. informal (of a woman) well rounded, esp with a large bosom
  1. short for pneumatic tyre
Derived Formspneumatically, adverb

Word Origin for pneumatic

C17: from Late Latin pneumaticus of air or wind, from Greek pneumatikos of air or breath, from pneuma
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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).

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pneumatic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to air or other gases.
  2. Relating to respiration.
  3. Relating to a structure that is filled with air.
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pneumatic in Science


  1. Relating to gases, especially air.
  2. 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.
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