-ics, -tics [-ac after i]

(Greek: a suffix that forms nouns and is usually used to form names of arts and sciences)

hermeneutics (s) (noun) (plural form used in the singular)
1. The art or science of literary interpretations: Originally hermeneutics was understood to be the branch of Theology concerned with exegesis or an explanation that helps people understand a piece of writing; especially, sacred writings; then it became the designation for a discipline within a philosophy concerned with study of interpretation of more general concepts.
2. The theory and methodology of interpretation; especially, of scriptural texts: Hermeneutics is also described as the development and study of the theories of the interpretation and the understanding of philosophical publications.
heuristics (pl) (noun) (used with singular verb)
Any of various problem-solving techniques that involve the use of subjective knowledge, hunches, trial and error, rule of thumb, and other such informal but generally considered to be accurate methods.
hieroglyphic (s) (noun), hieroglyphics (pl)
1. A writing system that uses symbols or pictures to denote objects, concepts, or sounds, originally and especially in the writing system of ancient Egypt: It took the explorers years to "crack the code" of the hieroglyphics of the ancient burial tombs in Egypt.
2. Writing that resembles ancient writing; usually by being illegible: Eve's handwriting has often been described as looking like hieroglyphics.
3. Something written in or belonging to a writing system using pictorial symbols: On the cliffs near Peterborough, Canada, are hieroglyphics and pictographs telling the history of the aboriginal people who lived in the area.
4. Etymology: from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Greek hieroglyphikos, from hieros, "sacred, powerful" + glyphe, glyphikos, "carving" from glyphein, "to carve".

The ancient Egyptians wrote in hieroglyphs that were not deciphered until after the discovery in 1799 of the Rosetta Stone, which bears the same inscription in three different scripts: hieratic Egyptian (formal), demotic Egyptian (cursive), and ancient Greek.

Sacred characters or symbols.
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Of or pertaining to sacred writings.
Veterinary medicine branch which is concerned with the diseases of horses.
The study of diseases affecting horses.
homeotherapy, homeotherapeutics
1. Treatment or prevention of a disease using the principles of homeopathy.
2. Therapy for a disease by means of an agent that is similar to but not identical with the causative agent of the disease.
1. The art of writing and preaching sermons.
2. The branch of theology that deals with sermons and homilies.
1. A branch of science that deals with practical applications (as the transmission of energy or the effects of flow) of liquid (as water) in motion.
2. The physical science and technology of the static and dynamic behavior of fluids.
3. The science that deals with the laws governing water or other liquids in motion and their applications in engineering; practical or applied hydrodynamics.
hydriatric, hydriatrics; hydriatry
1. A reference to the use of water to treat or cure disease.
2. The external or internal treatment with water
A fragmental rock produced by the action of water.
1. Fluid dynamics applied to liquids; such as, water, alcohol, oil, and blood.
2. The branch of science that deals with the dynamics of fluids; especially, incompressible fluids, in motion.
3. The dynamics of fluids in motion.
4. The branch of fluid dynamics that deals with liquids, including hydrostatics and hydrokinetics. Also called hydromechanics.
5. A branch of physics that deals with the motion of fluids and the forces acting on solid bodies immersed in fluids and in any motion relative to them.

The science of mechanics which relates to fluids or which deals with the laws of motion and action of nonelastic fluids, whether as investigated mathematically, or by observation and experiment; the principles of dynamics, as applied to water and other fluids.

The word is sometimes used as a general term, including both hydrostatics and hydraulics, together with pneumatics and acoustics.

hydrogymnastics (pl) (noun) (plural used as a singular)
Therapeutic movements performed while immersed in water: The hydrogymnastics the physiotherapist showed Monroe were to be done as a regular exercise every day.
The study of the motion of a liquid apart from the cause of motion.
hydromagnetics, hydromagnetic
The study of the interaction of magnetic fields and electrically conducting liquids or gases; such as, molten metal or plasma.