• WordNet 3.6
    • n pneumatics the branch of mechanics that deals with the mechanical properties of gases
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sound of a snore (up to 69 decibels) can be almost as loud as the noise of a pneumatic drill.
    • Pneumatics That branch of science which treats of the mechanical properties of air and other elastic fluids, as of their weight, pressure, elasticity, etc. See Mechanics.
    • Pneumatics (Philos. & Theol) The scientific study or knowledge of spiritual beings and their relations to God, angels, and men.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pneumatics That branch of physics which treats of the mechanical properties of gases, and partieularly of atmospheric, air. Pneumatics treats of the weight, pressure, equilibrium, elasticity, density, condensation, rarefaction, resistance, motion, etc., of gases; it treats of them also considered as media of sound (acoustics), and as vehicles of heat, moisture, etc. It also comprises the description of those machines which depend for their action chiefly on the pressure and elasticity of air, as the various kinds of pumps, artificial fountains, etc.
    • n pneumatics The doctrine of spiritual substances; pneumatology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.sing Pneumatics the science which treats of air and other elastic fluids or gases
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pneumatique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. pneumatikospneum-a, -atos, wind, air—pnein, to blow, to breathe.


In literature:

He sent a pneumatic telegram to Mrs. Nicholas Lansing to say that he would call on her that afternoon at four.
"The Glimpses of the Moon" by Edith Wharton
I will put that curious point in Pneumatics more clearly before you on a future occasion.
"No Name" by Wilkie Collins
Superfluous, watchful, pneumatically moving waiters hover near, supplying every want before it is expressed.
"The Voice of the City" by O. Henry
There seemed to be scarcely any air even, as though some vast pneumatic machine had rarefied it.
"In Search of the Castaways" by Jules Verne
He made a kind of pneumatic engine, by which he guessed the elasticity of the air.
"Letters on England" by Voltaire
She has electric guns and the latest Massillon water-guns, and Reinhardt electro-pneumatic "deliverers" for pyroxiline shells.
"The Lady of the Shroud" by Bram Stoker
But look at the "pneumatics" and the "pneumonias" and the rest of them.
"Mark Twain's Speeches" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Ctesibius of Alexandria, Hero and others, founded the science of pneumatics on observations on the physical properties of air.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
The door clicked shut with a quiet, pneumatic whoosh, and the module began its ascent.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
Where did you get that pneumatic process?
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman

In poetry:

Grishkin is nice: her
Russian eye is underlined for emphasis;
Uncorseted, her friendly bust
Gives promise of pneumatic bliss.
"Whispers Of Immortality" by T S Eliot

In news:

Combustible Dust-Safe Pneumatic Vacuum.
0The Nilfisk CFM VHC200 EXP air-operated vacuum provides manufacturers with a safe pneumatic option for combustible dust housekeeping and preventative maintenance.
Continuous Dense-Phase Pneumatic Conveying System.
Moving Air In Pneumatic Conveying Systems.
Pneumatic aeroslides have been used successfully for decades.
Historically, industry has depended on ball screws, belt drives, and pneumatic mechanisms for automation's positioning tasks.
Oct 12, 2010 Alan Hitchcox Hydraulics & Pneumatics.
Modular solenoid valves join pneumatics product line.
Nov 13, 2008 Hydraulics & Pneumatics.
Pneumatically rendered Stairway to Heaven.
Sep 13, 2009 Alan Hitchcox Hydraulics & Pneumatics.
Compact pneumatic module simplifies assembly and handling operations.
Clean Line Series CL03 pneumatic valves have an IP69K rating for high-pressure washdown to 1,450 psi — no protective cabinet is needed.
Dampening Reduces Wear on Tooling and Pneumatic Press.
In the December issue of Hydraulics & Pneumatics, you will see an editorial preview of and an ad for AG CONNECT 2013.

In science:

The camera, mounted on a pneumatic table to avoid vibrations, was cooled down to its nominal cryogenic temperature of 70 mK and electromagnetically shielded to avoid magnetic field interferences in the MKIDs as well as spill-over radiation from the laboratory floor and walls.
Electronics and data acquisition demonstrator for a kinetic inductance camera
The evolution of vertebral pneumaticity in sauropod dinosaurs.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Origin of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in dinosaurs.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Pneumaticity, neck length, and body size in sauropods.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
The evolution of vertebral pneumaticity in sauropod dinosaurs.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs