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

Other Words from pneumatic

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

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Examples of pneumatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cordless and pneumatic nailers that fire thicker fasteners (15 and 16 gauges) are finish nailers. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 3 May 2022 Depending on the device, pneumatic units pump air into large boots or sleeves, which inflate while giving the sensation of a massage. Adnan Asar, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Michelin engineers have to replicate the feel and performance of pneumatic tires under this more demanding daily use. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 17 Feb. 2022 And there are technologies now predominantly confined to museums, like pneumatic tubes for delivering mail, and pyrophones, musical instruments with piano keys controlling miniature burners inside glass tubes that emit melancholic whispers. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The wall label reveals that what’s periodically whooshing over and around your head, unseen in capsules hurtling along inside this pneumatic tube, is artificial vomit. Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 The company makes tools for uses including metalworking, woodworking, pneumatic, gardening and in the household. Manuel Baigorri,, 28 Mar. 2022 What’s the difference between compression sleeves and pneumatic compression devices? Sarah Madaus, SELF, 21 Mar. 2022 Here the unable old were simply scrolled into pneumatic tubes that hurtled toward a room with furnishings on casters. Christine Schutt, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Pneumatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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 pneumatic (audio) \ adverb

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