external combustion engine
noun Date: 1915 a heat engine (as a steam engine) that derives its heat from fuel consumed outside the cylinder

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  • external-combustion engine — [eks tʉr′nəlkəm bus′chən, eks tʉrn′ lkəm bus′chən; ik stʉr′nəlkəm bus′chən, ik stʉrn′ lkəm bus′chən] n. an engine, as a steam engine, that obtains its power from heat produced by burning fuel outside the cylinder, turbine, etc. * * * …   Universalium

  • external-combustion engine — [eks tʉr′nəlkəm bus′chən, eks tʉrn′ lkəm bus′chən; ik stʉr′nəlkəm bus′chən, ik stʉrn′ lkəm bus′chən] n. an engine, as a steam engine, that obtains its power from heat produced by burning fuel outside the cylinder, turbine, etc …   English World dictionary

  • External combustion engine — An external combustion engine (EC engine) is a heat engine where an (internal) working fluid is heated by combustion of an external source, through the engine wall or a heat exchanger. The fluid then, by expanding and acting on the mechanism of… …   Wikipedia

  • external-combustion engine — noun a heat engine in which ignition occurs outside the chamber (cylinder or turbine) in which heat is converted to mechanical energy • Hypernyms: ↑heat engine • Hyponyms: ↑steam engine * * * noun : a heat engine that derives its heat from fuel… …   Useful english dictionary

  • external combustion engine — An engine that burns its fuel outside the engine. A steam engine is an external combustion engine …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • external-combustion engine — /əkˌstɜnəl kəmˈbʌstʃən ɛndʒən/ (say uhk.sternuhl kuhm buschuhn enjuhn) noun an engine in which the ignition of the fuel mixture takes place outside the engine cylinder. Compare internal combustion engine …   Australian English dictionary

  • External Combustion Engine —   An engine in which fuel is burned (or heat is applied) to the outside of a cylinder; a Stirling engine …   Energy terms

  • external-combustion engine — exter′nal combus′tion en gine n. an engine, as a steam engine, in which fuel ignition takes place outside the cylinder or turbine …   From formal English to slang

  • Combustion engine — may refer to: Internal combustion engine External combustion engine This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change …   Wikipedia

  • combustion engine — noun : an engine that derives its motive force from the energy of combustion compare external combustion engine, internal combustion engine * * * any of various types of engines driven by energy produced by combustion …   Useful english dictionary

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