AEolipyle
AEolipile [AE]*ol"i*pile, AEolipyle [AE]*ol"i*pyle, n. [L. aeolipilae; Aeolus god of the winds + pila a ball, or Gr. ? gate (i. e., doorway of [AE]olus); cf. F. ['e]olipyle.] An apparatus consisting chiefly of a closed vessel (as a globe or cylinder) with one or more projecting bent tubes, through which steam is made to pass from the vessel, causing it to revolve. [Written also {eolipile}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: Such an apparatus was first described by Hero of Alexandria about 200 years b. c. It has often been called the first steam engine. [1913 Webster]


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  • aeolipyle — ou Eolipyle. Boule de cuivre, de fer &c. laquelle estant remplie d eau & approchée du feu, fait du vent qui dure jusqu à ce que l eau qui se chauffe soit évaporée. On explique la nature & la cause des vents par la comparaison des Eolipyles …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • aeolipyle — noun /ˈiːəʊlɪpʌɪl/ an instrument used to demonstrate the force at which heated vapour escapes from a vessel through a narrow aperture …   Wiktionary

  • aeolipyle — (é o li pi l ) Voy. éolipyle …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • aeolipyle — ae·ol·i·pyle …   English syllables

  • aeolipyle —   n. first steam engine, with globe made to revolve by steam jets, described in 1st century AD …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • aeolipyle — noun see aeolipile …   Useful english dictionary

  • AEolipile — [AE]*ol i*pile, AEolipyle [AE]*ol i*pyle, n. [L. aeolipilae; Aeolus god of the winds + pila a ball, or Gr. ? gate (i. e., doorway of [AE]olus); cf. F. [ e]olipyle.] An apparatus consisting chiefly of a closed vessel (as a globe or cylinder) with… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eolipile — AEolipile [AE]*ol i*pile, AEolipyle [AE]*ol i*pyle, n. [L. aeolipilae; Aeolus god of the winds + pila a ball, or Gr. ? gate (i. e., doorway of [AE]olus); cf. F. [ e]olipyle.] An apparatus consisting chiefly of a closed vessel (as a globe or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • aeolipile — /ee ol euh puyl /, n. 1. a round vessel caused to rotate by the force of tangentially escaping steam: an early example of jet propulsion. 2. a device for injecting the vapors of heated alcohol into a laboratory furnace. Also, aeolipyle, eolipile …   Universalium

  • éolipyle — (é o li pi l ) s. m. Terme de physique. Instrument consistant en une sphère creuse pourvue d un tube à mince ouverture, qui, remplie d eau et chauffée, donne issue à un jet impétueux de vapeur. •   L eau qui reste en l éolipyle Ne se refroidit… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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