Definition of pneumatic in English:

pneumatic

Pronunciation /n(y)o͞oˈmadik/ /n(j)uˈmædɪk/

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adjective

  • 1Containing or operated by air or gas under pressure.

    • ‘the machines with pneumatic loading are more efficient’
    1. 1.1Zoology (chiefly of cavities in the bones of birds) containing air.
    2. 1.2informal (of a woman) having large breasts.
      • ‘a tattoo of a pneumatic girl’
  • 2(chiefly in the context of New Testament theology) relating to the spirit.

noun

usually pneumatics
  • An item of pneumatic equipment.

    ‘as with most conventional pneumatics, you have to cock the bolt and load a pellet into the breech by hand before each shot’
    • ‘A whole new generation of pneumatics pre-charged with high pressure air metered from a scuba bottle or laboriously pumped up by hand are bringing us back to the designs of the 18th and 19th centuries.’
    • ‘Pre-charged pneumatics: These are similar in concept to pump-up pneumatics, but the compressed air is held in large (usually detachable) air bottles filled from a powerful air compressor or scuba tank.’
    • ‘At the end I lost time in my final stop as the mechanics topped up my engine's pneumatics, and without that I would easily have beaten him.’
    • ‘With a hiss of pneumatics, the helmet lifted open, revealing a youthful boy's face, his eyes staring into eternity and his mouth wide open from surprise.’
    • ‘As the door slid open on silent pneumatics, Ian entered with a barely subdued look of triumph.’
    • ‘According to New Scientist: ‘Electric motors tend to be too weak, while hydraulics and pneumatics are too heavy for use in robotics or prosthetics.’’

Origin

Early 17th century (in pneumatic (sense 2 of the adjective): from French pneumatique or Latin pneumaticus, from Greek pneumatikos, from pneuma ‘wind’, from pnein ‘breathe’.