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 Pioneer has a pneumatic tool system to run their machines and a small handful of computers and flip phones. Adam Davidson, WSJ, "An Amish Lesson for Small Business Success," 16 Jan. 2020 Now that job is handled automatically by the computer and a central pneumatic system that’s powered by a remote air compressor. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Anatomy of a Fright-Filled Horror House," 12 Oct. 2019 Minor said California also has stronger regulations for pneumatic devices, equipment that regulates pressure, temperature and the flow of fluids or gas and can be an emissions source. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado toughened up its oil and gas rules. But how tough are they?," 11 Aug. 2019 According to Kevin Kenz from the Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Museum in Portage, several subcontractors from Michigan helped build the Saturn V, such as: Aeroquip Jackson plant: Supplied pneumatic and hydraulic hoses. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Space race: Michigan's ties to NASA, Apollo program," 18 July 2019 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

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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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27 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pneumatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce pneumatic (audio)

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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