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fluidics

[floo-id-iks] /fluˈɪd ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the technology dealing with the use of a flowing liquid or gas in various devices, especially controls, to perform functions usually performed by an electric current in electronic devices.
Also called fluerics.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; fluid + -ics
Related forms
fluidic, adjective
nonfluidic, adjective
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  • The fluidics system transports particles in a stream to the laser beam for interrogation.
British Dictionary definitions for fluidics

fluidics

/fluːˈɪdɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the study and use of systems in which the flow of fluids in tubes simulates the flow of electricity in conductors. Such systems are used in place of electronics in certain applications, such as the control of apparatus
Derived Forms
fluidic, adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for fluidics

the technology of using the flow characteristics of liquid or gas to operate a control system (q.v.). One of the newest of the control technologies, fluidics has in recent years come to compete with mechanical and electrical systems.

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