steam engine
noun Date: 1751 an engine driven or worked by steam; specifically a reciprocating engine having a piston driven in a closed cylinder by steam

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  • steam engine — steam engine, adj. an engine worked by steam, typically one in which a sliding piston in a cylinder is moved by the expansive action of the steam generated in a boiler. [1745 55] * * * Machine that uses steam power to perform mechanical work… …   Universalium

  • Steam engine — Steam en gine ([e^]n j[i^]n). An engine moved by steam. [1913 Webster] Note: In its most common forms its essential parts are a piston, a cylinder, and a valve gear. The piston works in the cylinder, to which steam is admitted by the action of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • steam engine — ► NOUN 1) an engine that uses the expansion or rapid condensation of steam to generate power. 2) a steam locomotive …   English terms dictionary

  • steam engine — n. 1. an engine using steam under pressure to supply mechanical energy, usually through the action of a piston sliding in a cylinder 2. a locomotive powered by steam …   English World dictionary

  • steam engine — steam ,engine noun count an engine that gets its power from steam, especially a train engine …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • steam engine — 1751; earlier in the same sense was fire engine, atmospheric engine …   Etymology dictionary

  • Steam engine — A steam engine is a heat engine that performs mechanical work using steam as its working fluid. [ [http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/564472/steam engine steam engine Britannica Online Encyclopedia ] ] Steam engines have a long history,… …   Wikipedia

  • steam engine — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms steam engine : singular steam engine plural steam engines an engine that gets its power from steam, especially a railway engine …   English dictionary

  • steam engine — garo variklis statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. steam engine; steam power engine vok. Dampfkraftmaschine, f; Dampfmaschine, f rus. паровой двигатель, m pranc. moteur à vapeur, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • steam engine — steam′ en gine n. mac an engine worked by steam, typically one in which a sliding piston in a cylinder is moved by the expansive action of the steam generated in a boiler • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • steam engine — engine using pressurized steam to supply mechanical energy …   English contemporary dictionary

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