pneumatic[no̵̅o̅ mat′ik, nyo̵̅o̅-]
- The definition of pneumatic is something that contains or uses gases such as air to create a mechanical response.
A drill that uses air to work is an example of a drill that would be described as a pneumatic drill.
- of or containing wind, air, or gases
- filled with compressed air: pneumatic tire
- worked by compressed air: pneumatic drill
- Informal having a full, shapely figure; often, specif., having large breasts: said of a woman
- Theol. having to do with the spirit or soul
- Zool. having hollows filled with air, as certain bones in birds
Origin of pneumaticClassical Latin pneumaticus ; from Classical Greek pneumatikos ; from pneuma, breath: see pneuma
- Of or relating to air or other gases.
- Of or relating to pneumatics.
- a. Run by or using compressed air: a pneumatic drill.b. Filled with air, especially compressed air: a pneumatic tire.
- Zoology Having cavities filled with air, as the bones of certain birds.
- Of or relating to the pneuma; spiritual.
Origin of pneumaticFrench pneumatique, from Latin pneumaticus, from Greek pneumatikos, from pneuma, pneumat-, wind; see pneu- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more pneumatic, superlative most pneumatic)
- Of, relating to, or resembling air or other gases
- Of or relating to pneumatics
- Powered by, or filled with compressed air
- a pneumatic instrument or engine
- (zoology) Having cavities filled with air
- pneumatic cells or bones
- Spiritual; of or relating to the pneuma
- (of a woman) well-rounded; full-breasted; bouncy (especially during sex)
- "Every one says I'm awfully pneumatic," said Lenina reflectively, patting her own legs. - Aldous Huxley - Brave New World (chapter 6)
From Latin pneumaticus, from Ancient Greek Ï€Î½ÎµÏ…Î¼Î±Ï„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (pneumatikos, â€œrelating to wind or airâ€), from Ï€Î½Îµá¿¦Î¼Î± (pneuma, â€œwind, air, breath, spiritâ€), from Ï€Î½ÎÏ‰ (pneÅ, â€œI blow, breathâ€).