Self-contained steam engine

Self-contained steam engine
Self-contained Self`-con*tained", a. 1. Having self-control; reserved; uncommunicative; wholly engrossed in one's self. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mach.) Having all the essential working parts connected by a bedplate or framework, or contained in a case, etc., so that mutual relations of the parts do not depend upon fastening outside of the machine itself. [1913 Webster]

{Self-contained steam engine}. (a) A steam engine having both bearings for the crank shaft attached to the frame of the engine. (b) A steam engine and boiler combined and fastened together; a portable steam engine. [1913 Webster]

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