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What does pneumatic mean?
Pneumatic means filled with or operated by compressed air.
In general, pneumatic means related to air or wind, and pneumatics is the branch of physics that deals with the properties of air. But the adjective pneumatic is most commonly applied to machines that work by using compressed air or a vacuum, like pneumatic brakes or a pneumatic drill (also called a jackhammer).
Example: The bank uses a pneumatic tube so you can deposit your checks without going in.
Where does pneumatic come from?
The first records of pneumatic come from the 1600s. It comes from the Latin pneumaticus, which is from the Greek pneumatikós, meaning “air,” “breath,” or “spirit.” The root pneum- and similar roots are used in words related to wind or the lungs, such as pneumonia.
Machines that are powered by air are sometimes labeled air-powered, but devices called pneumatic usually work with compressed air. Such machines typically work by transmission force through air pressure in pipes or tubes. For example, pneumatic tubes were once popular for transporting document-filled containers throughout a building. In this system, things like mail, checks, and other small objects could be sent quickly from one part of an office building to another by placing the item in a container and then placing the container inside the tube, where it would be whisked away by the power of air. Car tires and bicycle tires are sometimes called pneumatic tires because they’re filled with compressed air.
Machines and systems that operate through the pressure created by water or another liquid are called hydraulic. A machine that uses a combination of pneumatic and hydraulic power is called pneudraulic.
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What are some other forms related to pneumatic?
- pneumatically (adverb)
- pneumaticity (noun)
- nonpneumatic (adjective)
- nonpneumatically (adverb)
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How is pneumatic used in real life?
Pneumatic is almost always used in a mechanical sense, the same as one would discuss hydraulics or pulley systems. The spiritual use will be used in deeply thought out theological discussion.
Back in London! Trying to imagine the traffic noises are ocean waves and the pneumatic drill is a particularly energetic seagull
— Phil Lester (@AmazingPhil) June 24, 2015
Ok BUT HOW COOL ARE THE LITTLE SUCKY-UPPY THINGS AT BANKS? PNEUMATIC TUBES?? Science can be so freakin neat.
— Thomas Sanders (@ThomasSanders) December 13, 2017
Is there any reason pneumatic tires can’t be used for space exploration? or are they just not used for weight reasons? after all the shuttle had pneumatic tires in a vacuum, they just weren’t used there
— Andrew Cassidy (@AndrewNCassidy) September 24, 2019
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Is pneumatic used correctly in the following sentence?
I can barely hear myself think over the sound of the pneumatic drill.
How to use pneumatic in a sentence
With pneumatic desks, you press down a lever to activate a gas cylinder that causes the desk to go up or down.
Electric ones move more smoothly than pneumatic models and require just a single press of a button to raise and lower.
Just as I might prefer a hefty 28-ounce hammer to your trusty 16-ounce one, or holster that big banger for a pneumatic palm nailer in a tight spot, personal preference and lifestyle are important when making a choice.
This pneumatic-powered orbital sander requires an air compressor, so it might not be great for casual woodworkers.
Random orbital sanders can be corded, cordless, or pneumatic-powered for people with compressors in their wood shops.
My current wife has no need for a jealous bone in her pneumatic body.
The pneumatic action used by Willis, Cavaill-Coll and a score of other builders leaves little to be desired.
Many of the pneumatic actions made to-day, however, are disappointing in these particulars.
Undoubtedly the first improvements to be named must be the pneumatic and electro-pneumatic actions.
As before stated, Cavaill-Coll and Willis worked as pioneers in perfecting and in introducing the pneumatic action.
No tubular-pneumatic action is entirely satisfactory when the distance between the keys and the organ is great.
British Dictionary definitions for pneumatic
- of or relating to the soul or spirit
- of or relating to the Holy Ghost or other spiritual beings