pneumatic

adjective
pneu·​mat·​ic | \ nu̇-ˈma-tik, 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 , nyu̇-​ \ adverb
pneumaticity \ ˌnü-​mə-​ˈti-​sə-​tē , ˌnyü-​ \ noun

Synonyms for pneumatic

Synonyms

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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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 The concept of using pneumatic tubes to transport people and things has dotted the pop culture and scientific development landscape since the early 20th century. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "A quick guide to hyperloops, Richard Branson’s latest boondoggle," 12 Oct. 2018 The exam rooms feature pneumatic chairs rather than the benches that patients now must hop up on. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "As Kaiser shows off new Sacramento medical facility, officials call it good for health of downtown," 3 June 2018 The exam rooms feature pneumatic chairs rather than the benches that patients now must hop up on. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "As Kaiser shows off new Sacramento medical facility, officials call it good for health of downtown," 3 June 2018 The exam rooms feature pneumatic chairs rather than the benches that patients now must hop up on. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "As Kaiser shows off new Sacramento medical facility, officials call it good for health of downtown," 3 June 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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pneumatic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pneumatic

: using air pressure to move or work

: filled with air

of a woman : having a body with full, pleasing curves

pneumatic

adjective
pneu·​mat·​ic | \ nu̇-ˈma-tik, 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

pneumatic

adjective
pneu·​mat·​ic | \ n(y)u̇-ˈmat-ik \

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 \ adverb

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