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

Synonyms for pneumatic


curvaceous (also curvacious), curvy, shapely

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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

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More technology enters the fray, as curds enter stainless-steel block forms placed in pneumatic presses where Beecher’s squeezes the remainder of the whey out while matting curds together. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 Tack-nail each part using a pneumatic pin nailer or a hammer in a few brads. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Three Ways to Build Your Own Shelves," 24 Jan. 2019 At its peak, nearly one third of New York mail traveled through the pneumatic system every day. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Using cranes armed with pneumatic hammers and giant steel crab claws, construction crews demolished a northbound onramp on First Avenue South. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle officials plead for help, patience as viaduct traffic problems loom," 13 Jan. 2019 The plane’s electric system replaces some of the heavy hydraulics and pneumatic components typical in big jets. Robert Wall, WSJ, "The Last 747: Airlines Dump the Jumbo Jet, Transforming International Travel," 29 Dec. 2018 Teams used a variety of mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and even electrical systems to control their subs. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Preposterous World of Human-Powered Submarine Racing," 9 Aug. 2017 The transmission in this case is a Sadev six-speed sequential, with a pneumatic paddle shift system. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How a day driving high-downforce cars at VIR taught me I’m OK being slow," 11 Sep. 2018 The store was filled with innovations: electric arc lamps, elevators, pneumatic tubes to move money and receipts. Marc Levinson, WSJ, "‘Wanamaker’s Temple’ Review: Merchandise and Moral Uplift," 28 Oct. 2018

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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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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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to take the place or position of

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