Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The physical science and technology of the static and dynamic behavior of fluids.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The engineering science that deals with practical applications where liquid is in motion and transmits energy.
  • n. The hydraulic system of a vehicle or other machine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That branch of science, or of engineering, which treats of fluids in motion, especially of water, its action in rivers and canals, the works and machinery for conducting or raising it, its use as a prime mover, and the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That branch of engineering science which treats of the motion of liquids, the laws by which it is regulated, and the application of these principles to machinery, marine engineering, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. study of the mechanics of fluids

Etymologies

From hydraulic +‎ -ics. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So the hydraulics are the key thing to look at here.

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  • Most of our problems have been related to transmission hydraulics, which is a complicated part of the car.

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  • I think that battery swapping is a bad idea, but moving a 1000lb is far from impossible if you are moving it slowly (Its called hydraulics).

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  • On cooling his burning blood with the "hydraulics," he again lay down with the intention of composing himself for another sleep; but his eye having noticed the novelty of his situation, he once more called Nancy.

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  • And could the force be compared to man-made engineering such as hydraulics?

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  • The Missouri Customized Training Program provides assistance to Missouri businesses for the training and re-training of new and existing employees through company-specific training including new skills required for technological advances or new product lines, quality initiatives, or essential production skills such as hydraulics or electronics.

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  • The firm's $100 million spend includes stampings and die cast parts; textiles; functional components, such as hydraulics; plastics and rubber; glass panels; and paints.

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  • The majority of these objects have been created for electronics, but during the next three years (until 2008), at least 300 more objects will be built that will focus on other topic areas such as hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanical design, and process control (see complete list on the left side of this page).

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  • "Let the finish give you pleasure" was the last headline in my last school copybook in the long, long ago; and it has given me as much pleasure to begin this catechism as to finish it; it has given me pleasure to offer to brother stokers my very long experience in stoking, and kindred vocations, such as hydraulics, steam-pipe joint making, water-pipe joint making, engine driving, etc., in the hope that in the perusal of this catechism they may find something to their advantage.

    The Stoker's Catechism

  • I went to see The Mahabharata at Glasgow's Tramway in 1988 expecting dramatic scenery turning on hydraulics, but Obolensky had transformed the building into an evocation of India through simple props.

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