pneumatic

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From Latin pneumaticus, from Ancient Greek πνευματικός (pneumatikós, relating to wind or air), from πνεῦμα (pneûma, wind, air, breath, spirit), from πνέω (pnéō, I blow, breath).

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pneumatic (comparative more pneumatic, superlative most pneumatic)

  1. Of, relating to, or resembling air or other gases
  2. Of or relating to pneumatics
  3. Powered by, or filled with compressed air
    a pneumatic instrument or engine
  4. (zoology) Having cavities filled with air
    pneumatic cells or bones
  5. Spiritual; of or relating to the pneuma
  6. (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)

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pneumatic (plural pneumatics)

  1. (Gnosticism) In gnostic theologian Valentinus' triadic grouping of man the highest type; a person focused on spiritual reality (the other two being hylic and psychic).

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  • pneumatic in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • pneumatic at OneLook Dictionary Search