pneu·​mat·​ic | \ nu̇-ˈma-tik How to pronounce pneumatic (audio) , nyu̇- \

Definition of pneumatic

1 : of, relating to, or using gas (such as air or wind):
a : moved or worked by air pressure
b(1) : adapted for holding or inflated with compressed air
(2) : having air-filled cavities
2 : of or relating to the pneuma : spiritual
3 : having a well-proportioned feminine figure especially : having a full bust

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Other Words from pneumatic

pneumatically \ nu̇-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pneumatically (audio) , nyu̇-​ \ adverb
pneumaticity \ ˌnü-​mə-​ˈti-​sə-​tē How to pronounce pneumaticity (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \ noun

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Examples of pneumatic in a Sentence

The movie stars a pneumatic blonde. a movie star who is remembered mainly as a pneumatic sex symbol of the 1950s
Recent Examples on the Web Hand nailing the fasteners is best practice for securing shingles to the decking, although pneumatic nail/staple guns are acceptable under the manufacturer’s installation guidelines. Michael Souter, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Should you replace or repair your roof?," 18 Jan. 2020 The design is fairly simple, and features padded armrests with a pneumatic control handle underneath the seat to change the height between 41 to 45-inches. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Comfortable office chairs that’ll make your coworkers very jealous," 15 Jan. 2020 Ginn notes that WakeMed still uses pneumatic tubes to send some samples around inside the hospital, a job that perhaps could be better performed by robots or autonomous carts. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "This Drone Delivery Service Was Dreamed Up By a Doctor Who Used to Be a Pilot," 20 Dec. 2019 As electric and pneumatic screwdrivers became more commonplace, the popularity of screws grew exponentially. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "When To Use Nails Vs. Screws," 6 Aug. 2019 The company was also cited for allowing employees to operate pneumatic nail guns without eye protection and failing to train workers on fall hazards. William Thornton |, al, "OSHA fines framing contractor $31K for fall hazards," 29 Oct. 2019 At that precise moment, the Arduino triggers a pneumatic mister to blast you with an atomized jet of water. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Anatomy of a Fright-Filled Horror House," 12 Oct. 2019 This belief motivated investment in projects such as the C.I.A.’s pneumatic-tube network. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Was E-mail a Mistake?," 6 Aug. 2019 Javier Zarracina/Vox The basic pneumatic tube system uses variations in air pressure to push things through it. Aja Romano, Vox, "These unanswered questions are fueling speculation about the sex offender’s life and death.," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pneumatic

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for pneumatic

Latin pneumaticus, from Greek pneumatikos, from pneumat-, pneuma air, breath, spirit, from pnein to breathe — more at sneeze

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The first known use of pneumatic was in 1624

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14 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pneumatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pneumatic

: using air pressure to move or work
: filled with air
US, informal, of a woman : having a body with full, pleasing curves


pneu·​mat·​ic | \ nu̇-ˈma-tik How to pronounce pneumatic (audio) , nyu̇- \

Kids Definition of pneumatic

1 : moved or worked by air a pneumatic drill
2 : made to hold or be inflated with compressed air pneumatic tires


pneu·​mat·​ic | \ n(y)u̇-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce pneumatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of pneumatic

: of, relating to, or using gas (as air): as
a : moved or worked by air pressure
b : adapted for holding or inflated with compressed air
c : having air-filled cavities pneumatic bone

Other Words from pneumatic

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

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