hydraulics

noun

hy·​drau·​lics hī-ˈdrȯ-liks How to pronounce hydraulics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a branch of science that deals with practical applications (such as the transmission of energy or the effects of flow) of liquid (such as water) in motion

Examples of hydraulics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But snowplows were paralyzed in the cold, with the freezing temperatures turning the diesel fuel and hydraulics into gel, the tribe said. Heather Hollingsworth, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2023 Deputy District Attorney Julian Samuels asked Ramras to waive all fines and fees, saying that Rockhill was working full time at a hydraulics maintenance business to care for his ailing mother. oregonlive, 15 Dec. 2022 But unlike others, which often operate using hydraulics, this robot uses flexible magnetic materials, called ferromagnetic domains, to move around. Jennifer Walter, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2019 As in the old e-tron, the braking is entirely by-wire, and there's no physical connection between the brake pedal and the hydraulics. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 18 Dec. 2022 Extended use in a lengthy conventional war exposed problems from a poor hydraulics layout to fuel tanks that were not self-sealing. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 7 Dec. 2022 Starbard sped up, dragging gear after the hydraulics to raise it went down, to get closer to the tender. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2022 Wearing this larger-than-life cyborg hand, children can pretend to be Iron Man while learning about a crucial innovation: hydraulics. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2022 After these are slid over the ends of the pipe, hydraulics are used to seal the joint tightly. Lars Fischer, Scientific American, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydraulics was in 1671

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“Hydraulics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydraulics. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

hydraulics

noun
hy·​drau·​lics hī-ˈdrȯ-liks How to pronounce hydraulics (audio)
: a science that deals with uses of liquid (as water) in motion

Medical Definition

hydraulics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
hy·​drau·​lics hī-ˈdrȯ-liks How to pronounce hydraulics (audio)
: a branch of science that deals with practical applications (as the transmission of energy or the effects of flow) of liquid (as water) in motion
hydraulic adjective

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