- the branch of physics that deals with the mechanical properties of air and other gases.
Origin of pneumatics
- 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 pneumatics
But look at the "pneumatics" and the "pneumonias" and the rest of them.Mark Twain's Speeches
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
There is a class of Pneumatics, acting on the respiratory organs.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
The following description of it is borrowed from the "Pneumatics:"
Does not the air pump, which you used in the experiments, on pneumatics, operate upon the same principles as the sucking pump?Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained
Jane Haldimand Marcet and Thomas P. Jones
We find a little discussion of mechanics, hydrostatics and pneumatics, a little heat, and a very little optics.Lord Kelvin
- (functioning as singular) the branch of physics concerned with the mechanical properties of gases, esp airAlso called: aerometry, pneumodynamics
- 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 pneumatics
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.