hy·​dro·​stat·​ic | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈsta-tik How to pronounce hydrostatic (audio) \

Definition of hydrostatic

: of or relating to fluids at rest or to the pressures they exert or transmit — compare hydrokinetic

Other Words from hydrostatic

hydrostatically \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈsta-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydrostatic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of hydrostatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Azzaretto also believes the hydrostatic current generated by constantly moving water has a beneficial effect on the wine. Korinne Munson, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2021 Rounding out the features is a lever that disengages the hydrostatic drive to allow the machine to roll easily when not running. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 9 Sep. 2020 Clearing a massive 36-inch swath through the deepest snow, the Ariens Professional has a hydrostatic transmission that is much simpler and longer lasting than most snow blower transmissions. Field & Stream, 24 Feb. 2021 The violent expansion seen in videos of bullets striking and passing through gel blocks demonstrates the massive energy transfer associated with hydrostatic shock. Brad Fitzpatrick, Outdoor Life, 10 Nov. 2020 Dive Deeper Magneto-rheological clutches and a hydrostatic transmission power the arm. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 10 June 2020 The swollen Mississippi has not only overwhelmed the town's front-line protection system but is now seeping underneath the town as the weight of the 1.5 million cubic feet of water places immense hydrostatic pressure on surrounding land. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, 26 June 2019 Its transmission is hydrostatic, meaning that fluid pressure makes the tractor go forward or backward. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 7 May 2016 Newer models use hydrostatic steering, in which each side's track runs independently. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hydrostatic

1666, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrostatic

probably from New Latin hydrostaticus, from hydr- + staticus static

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“Hydrostatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrostatic. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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hy·​dro·​stat·​ic | \ -ˈstat-ik How to pronounce hydrostatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydrostatic

: of or relating to fluids at rest or to the pressures they exert or transmit — compare hydrokinetic

Other Words from hydrostatic

hydrostatically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydrostatic (audio) \ adverb


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