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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Noun[edit]

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).

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