fluidics

[floo-id-iks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
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:
1960–65; fluid + -ics

fluidic, adjective
nonfluidic, adjective
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fluidics (fluːˈɪdɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) 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
 
flu'idic
 
adj

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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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