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See also: pneumàtic


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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).


  • IPA(key): /n(j)ʊˈmæ.tɪk/
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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


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pneumatic (plural pneumatics)

  1. (dated) A vehicle, such as a bicycle, whose wheels are fitted with pneumatic tyres.
  2. (Gnosticism) In the gnostic theologian Valentinus' triadic grouping of man, the highest type; a person focused on spiritual reality (the other two being hylic and psychic).


Further reading[edit]

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