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 πνευματικός (pneumatikos, “relating to wind or air”), from πνεῦμα (pneuma, “wind, air, breath, spirit”), from πνέω (pneō, “I blow, breath”).