hydraulics

noun, plural in form but singular in construction
hy·​drau·​lics | \ hī-ˈdrȯ-liks How to pronounce hydraulics (audio) \

Definition of hydraulics

: 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

First Known Use of hydraulics

1671, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydraulics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydraulics. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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hydraulics

noun
How to pronounce hydraulics (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hydraulics

: the science that deals with ways to use liquid (such as water) when it is moving

hydraulics

noun plural but singular in construction
hy·​drau·​lics | \ hī-ˈdrȯ-liks How to pronounce hydraulics (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydraulics

: 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

Other Words from hydraulics

hydraulic \ -​lik How to pronounce hydraulic (audio) \ adjective

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