pneumatics

[ noo-mat-iks, nyoo- ]
/ nʊˈmæt ɪks, nyʊ- /
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noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of physics that deals with the mechanical properties of air and other gases.

Nearby words

  1. pneumatic duct,
  2. pneumatic pile,
  3. pneumatic trough,
  4. pneumatic tyre,
  5. pneumaticity,
  6. pneumatization,
  7. pneumato-,
  8. pneumatocardia,
  9. pneumatocele,
  10. pneumatocyst

Origin of pneumatics

First recorded in 1650–60; see origin at pneumatic, -ics

Also called pneumodynamics.

pneumatic

[ noo-mat-ik, nyoo- ]
/ nʊˈmæt ɪk, nyʊ- /

adjective

noun

a pneumatic tire.
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

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British Dictionary definitions for pneumatics

pneumatics

/ (njʊˈmætɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the branch of physics concerned with the mechanical properties of gases, esp airAlso called: aerometry, pneumodynamics

pneumatic

/ (njʊˈmætɪk) /

adjective

noun

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 pneumatics
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Medicine definitions for pneumatics

pneumatic

[ nōō-mătĭk ]

adj.

Of or relating to air or other gases.
Relating to respiration.
Relating to a structure that is filled with air.

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Science definitions for pneumatics

pneumatic

[ nōō-mătĭk ]

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.
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