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[hahy-draw-liks, -drol-iks] /haɪˈdrɔ lɪks, -ˈdrɒl ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the science that deals with the laws governing water or other liquids in motion and their applications in engineering; practical or applied hydrodynamics.
Origin of hydraulics
1665-75; see hydraulic, -ics Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hydraulics
  • So does even a basic understanding of physics and hydraulics.
  • Now fill them with water and you have a mini-hydraulics system.
  • My way requires a lot of electricity, and possibly hydraulics.
  • Nearly every power feature was driven by hydraulics, including the seats, windows and sunroof.
  • After a few moments the hydraulics have brought the car to it's ride height.
  • hydraulics and pneumatics are great sources for transferring energy to different locations.
  • Principles of rigid boundary hydraulics can be applied to evaluate this type of system.
British Dictionary definitions for hydraulics


(functioning as sing) another name for fluid mechanics
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Word Origin and History for hydraulics

1670s, from hydraulic; also see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hydraulics in Science
  1. The scientific study of water and other liquids, in particular their behavior under the influence of mechanical forces and their related uses in engineering.

  2. A mechanical device or system using hydraulic components.

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