Meaning of hydrodynamics in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhʌɪdrə(ʊ)dʌɪˈnamɪks/

plural noun

treated as singular
  • The branch of science concerned with forces acting on or exerted by fluids (especially liquids).

    ‘Sailing is one of those sports which involves hydrodynamics, fluid dynamics, material science, human physiology, tactics, psychology.’
    • ‘Jeffrey's work was on the applications of mathematics, in particular he worked on hydrodynamics, viscous liquids and elasticity.’
    • ‘Current research focuses on the forces that act on a body moving through the water, the science of hydrodynamics.’
    • ‘His work on machines includes much in the area of applied mechanics, but he was also interested in applied hydrodynamics and steam engines.’
    • ‘His early work was on magnetism and electricity but he soon concentrated on hydraulics and hydrodynamics.’
    • ‘He was interested in their applications to dynamics, hydrodynamics, elasticity, and electrostatics.’
    • ‘His interests in science itself were mainly in the area of mathematical physics, and in particular thermodynamics, hydrodynamics, elasticity, mathematical chemistry, and mechanics.’
    • ‘He was also interested in hydrodynamics and hydraulics and he moved on from making sundials to invent other machinery, in particular pumps.’
    • ‘We could not understand chemistry and hydrodynamics.’
    • ‘In particular he applied his methods to equations resulting from electromagnetics, then later to those arising from hydrodynamics.’
    • ‘Thus, the lipid dynamics depend on the friction and not on hydrodynamics.’
    • ‘Two further works, one on the mathematical theory of heat and the other on hydrodynamics, were in preparation at the time of his death.’


Late 18th century from modern Latin hydrodynamica, from Greek hudro- ‘water’ + dunamikos (see dynamic).