noun, plural in form but singular in construction
hy·​dro·​pon·​ics | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈpä-niks How to pronounce hydroponics (audio) \

Definition of hydroponics

: the growing of plants in nutrient solutions with or without an inert medium (such as soil) to provide mechanical support

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hydroponic \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈpä-​nik How to pronounce hydroponic (audio) \ adjective
hydroponically \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈpä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydroponically (audio) \ adverb

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Hydroponics, also known as aquaculture or tank farming, began as a way of studying scientifically the mechanisms of plant nutrition. Hydroponically grown plants may have no solid material under them at all; instead, their roots often simply hang in water with a rich mix of nutrients dissolved in it. The principal advantage to hydroponics is the savings from reduced labor costs, since it's generally carried on in enclosed areas and the irrigation and fertilizing are done mechanically. Peppers, cucumbers, and various other vegetables are produced hydroponically in huge quantities.

First Known Use of hydroponics

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydroponics

hydr- + -ponics (as in geoponics agriculture)

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The first known use of hydroponics was in 1937

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“Hydroponics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydroponics. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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technical : a method of growing plants in water rather than in soil

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