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pneumatic

[noo-mat-ik, nyoo-] /nʊˈmæt ɪk, nyʊ-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to air, gases, or wind.
2.
of or pertaining to pneumatics.
3.
operated by air or by the pressure or exhaustion of air:
a pneumatic drill.
4.
filled with or containing compressed air, as a tire.
5.
equipped with pneumatic tires.
6.
Theology. of or pertaining to the spirit; spiritual.
7.
Zoology. containing air or air cavities.
noun
8.
a pneumatic tire.
9.
a vehicle having wheels with such tires.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin pneumaticus < Greek pneumatikós pertaining to air, breath or wind, spiritual, equivalent to pneumat- (stem of pneûma; see pneuma) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
pneumatically, adverb
pneumaticity
[noo-muh-tis-i-tee, nyoo-] /ˌnu məˈtɪs ɪ ti, ˌnyu-/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonpneumatic, adjective
nonpneumatically, adverb
semipneumatic, adjective
unpneumatic, adjective
unpneumatically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pneumatically

pneumatic

/njʊˈmætɪk/
adjective
1.
of or concerned with air, gases, or wind Compare hydraulic
2.
(of a machine or device) operated by compressed air or by a vacuum: a pneumatic drill, pneumatic brakes
3.
containing compressed air: a pneumatic tyre
4.
of or concerned with pneumatics
5.
(theol)
  1. of or relating to the soul or spirit
  2. of or relating to the Holy Ghost or other spiritual beings
6.
(of the bones of birds) containing air spaces which reduce their weight as an adaptation to flying
7.
(informal) (of a woman) well rounded, esp with a large bosom
noun
8.
short for pneumatic tyre
Derived Forms
pneumatically, adverb
Word Origin
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 pneumatically

pneumatic

adj.

1650s, from Latin pneumaticus "of the wind, belonging to the air," from Greek pneumatikos "of wind or air" (which is attested mainly as "of spirit, spiritual"), from pneuma (genitive pneumatos) "the wind," also "breath" (see pneuma). Earlier was pneumatical (c.1600).

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pneumatically in Medicine

pneumatic pneu·mat·ic (nōō-māt'ĭk, nyōō-)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to air or other gases.

  2. Relating to respiration.

  3. Relating to a structure that is filled with air.

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pneumatically in Science
pneumatic
  (n-māt'ĭk)   
  1. Relating to gases, especially air.

  2. 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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