hydraulics

[hahy-draw-liks, -drol-iks]
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:
1665–75; see hydraulic, -ics

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hydraulics (haɪˈdrɒlɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) another name for fluid mechanics

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hydraulics   (hī-drô'lĭks)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
So does even a basic understanding of physics and hydraulics.
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.
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