One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually treated as singular The branch of science and technology concerned with the conveyance of liquids through pipes and channels, especially as a source of mechanical force or control.
- ‘In his lifetime he contributed much in the fields of mechanics, hydraulics, architecture, engineering, and natural history.’
- ‘Cooper says customers are now looking for more support and not just commissioning products and then outsourcing support for hydraulics, manufacturing and mechanical engineering.’
- ‘The 16 week training programme covered subjects such as the use of breathing apparatus, first aid, hydraulics, chemistry, physics, building construction and basic fire safety.’
- ‘This work was to be in four parts, arithmetic, geometry, mechanics, and hydraulics.’
- ‘The first volume covered dynamics, mechanics, hydrostatics, hydraulics, aerostatics, and pneumatics.’
2Hydraulic systems, mechanisms, or forces.
- ‘These systems are all-electric, using a computer-controlled motor to replace the more common engine-driven hydraulics on conventional power steering.’
- ‘Having the necessary power and hydraulics available might be the first challenge to meet when you want to expand the capability of your excavator.’
- ‘If the hydraulics or brakes fail, that jet would start to move across the flight deck and could go over the side.’
- ‘Electronic monitoring of engines and hydraulics and diagnosing problems also are helping lower repair bills.’
- ‘I quickly scanned the instruments and assessed all was well with the engines and hydraulics.’
- ‘And it was not just new mechanical power and hydraulics that made the difference.’
- ‘There are usually warm-up times for instruments, flight controls, hydraulics, accessory cases, etc.’
- ‘However, as the hydraulics on the right side began to fall off line, I was warned of a right leading-edge-flap lockout.’
- ‘The dump body is made of industrial-weight polyethylene, and the drive system uses a winch rather than costly hydraulics.’
- ‘Fortunately, the landing gear was already down and locked, but without hydraulics he would not have use of speed brakes or flaps for his return to the field.’
- ‘It's basically the same as the manual gearbox, but electronically controlled hydraulics operate the clutch and the gearchange for you so there's no need for a clutch pedal anymore.’
- ‘All indications regarding engine operation, hydraulics and electrics appeared normal as the two aircraft prepared to taxi.’
- ‘Adjustable platforms were installed lineside that can be raised or lowered using under-floor hydraulics.’
- ‘More complex systems utilize hydraulics and computers.’
- ‘Most of them already know how to weld, they know electric motors and hydraulics.’
- ‘One year, for example, the temperatures clipped so low that the hydraulics on the aircraft due to fly them back froze - even worse, so did the alcohol on-board.’
- ‘The ferry was to have gone for its annual overhaul in March, but mechanical faults involving the hydraulics of one of the ship's propeller shafts made the work more pressing.’
- ‘The hydraulics for the No.1 engine had less than two gallons remaining.’
- ‘They are particularly impressed by the hydraulics on the machine.’
- ‘Then there's the shockwave, a phenomenon of such ferocity that it jams the hydraulics and freezes the controls.’
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