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Jan 6, 2012
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numinous
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pneumatic

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with Anu Garg

pneumatic

PRONUNCIATION:
(noo-MAT-ik, nyoo-)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Of or relating to air, wind, or gases.
2. Spiritual.
3. Buxom, zaftig.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek pneuma (breath, wind, spirit). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pneu- (to breathe), which is also the source of pneumatic, pneumonia, apnea, sneer, sneeze, snort, snore, and pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Earliest documented use: 1624.

USAGE:
"The Greyhound from Toronto pulled up and with a sucking pneumatic hiss."
James Bartleman; As Long as the Rivers Flow; Knopf; 2011.

"This in itself set up a kind of suspicion about pneumatic claims that is, if someone said, 'The Spirit told me.'"
Ben Witherington; Is There a Doctor in the House?; Zondervan; 2011.

"Uncorseted, her friendly bust
Gives promise of pneumatic bliss."
T.S. Eliot; Whispers of Immortality; 1920.

See more usage examples of pneumatic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)

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