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Princeton's WordNet

  1. steam enginenoun

    external-combustion engine in which heat is used to raise steam which either turns a turbine or forces a piston to move up and down in a cylinder

Wiktionary

  1. steam enginenoun

    A piston engine driven by steam (as contrasted, for example, with a steam turbine).

  2. steam enginenoun

    Any heat engine that uses steam as its primary working fluid to do mechanical work.

  3. steam enginenoun

    A steam locomotive.

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  1. steam engine

    A steam engine is a type of heat engine that operates by using the thermal energy produced from steam to perform mechanical work. It works on the principle of converting the energy produced by the steam under high pressure into motion. This mechanical energy is then used in various applications, from powering vehicles like trains and boats to driving industrial machinery. This invention played a significant role in the industrial revolution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Steam engine

    an engine moved by steam

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  1. Steam engine

    A steam engine is a heat engine that performs mechanical work using steam as its working fluid. Using boiling water to produce mechanical motion goes back about 2,000 years, but early devices were not practical. Since the late 1700s steam engines have become a major source of mechanical power. The first applications were removing water from mines. In 1781 James Watt patented a steam engine that produced continuous rotative motion. These 10 hp engines enabled a wide range of manufacturing machinery to be powered. The engines could be sited anywhere that water and coal or wood fuel could be obtained. By 1883, engines that could provide 10,000 hp had become feasible. Steam engines could also be applied to vehicles such as traction engines and the railway locomotives which are commonly just called steam engines outside America. The stationary steam engine was a key component of the Industrial Revolution, allowing factories to locate where water power was unavailable. Today steam turbines generate about 90% of the electric power in the United States using a variety of heat sources. Steam engines are external combustion engines, where the working fluid is separate from the combustion products. Non-combustion heat sources such as solar power, nuclear power or geothermal energy may be used. The ideal thermodynamic cycle used to analyze this process is called the Rankine cycle. In the cycle, water is heated into steam in a boiler until it reaches a high pressure. When expanded through pistons or turbines, mechanical work is done. The reduced-pressure steam is then condensed and pumped back into the boiler.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of steam engine in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of steam engine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of steam engine in a Sentence

  1. Frank Chodorov:

    Private capitalism makes a steam engine; State capitalism makes pyramids.

  2. C.S. Peirce:

    True science is distinctively the study of useless things. For the useful things will get studied without the aid of scientific men. To employ these rare minds on such work is like running a steam engine by burning diamonds.


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