hydraulic

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Etymology[edit]

From French hydraulique, from Latin hydraulicus, from Ancient Greek ὑδραυλικός (hudraulikós, of a water organ), from ὕδραυλις (húdraulis, water organ), from ὕδωρ (húdōr, water) +‎ αὐλός (aulós, pipe)[1].

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Uk) IPA(key): /haɪˈdɹɒlɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /haɪˈdɹɔːlɪk/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

hydraulic (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to water. [from early 17th c.]
    • M. Le Page Du Pratz, History of Louisiana (PG), p. 47
      Tho' there are but seventeen feet water[sic] in the channel, I have seen vessels of five hundred ton enter into it. I know not why this entrance is left so neglected, as we are not in want of able engineers in France, in the hydraulic branch, a part of the mathematics to which I have most applyed[sic] myself.
  2. Related to, or operated by, hydraulics.
    A hydraulic press is operated by the differential pressure of water on pistons of different dimensions.

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Verb[edit]

hydraulic (third-person singular simple present hydraulics, present participle hydraulicking, simple past and past participle hydraulicked)

  1. (transitive) To mine using the technique of hydraulic mining.

References[edit]

  1. ^ hydraulic” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.