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ˈtɜr bɪn, -baɪntur·bine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. turbinenoun

    rotary engine in which the kinetic energy of a moving fluid is converted into mechanical energy by causing a bladed rotor to rotate


  1. turbinenoun

    any of various rotary machines that use the kinetic energy of a continuous stream of fluid (a liquid or a gas) to turn a shaft

    Etymology: From turbinis, genitive of

Webster Dictionary

  1. Turbinenoun

    a water wheel, commonly horizontal, variously constructed, but usually having a series of curved floats or buckets, against which the water acts by its impulse or reaction in flowing either outward from a central chamber, inward from an external casing, or from above downward, etc.; -- also called turbine wheel


  1. Turbine

    A turbine is a rotary mechanical device that extracts energy from a fluid flow and converts it into useful work. A turbine is a turbomachine with at least one moving part called a rotor assembly, which is a shaft or drum with blades attached. Moving fluid acts on the blades so that they move and impart rotational energy to the rotor. Early turbine examples are windmills and waterwheels. Gas, steam, and water turbines usually have a casing around the blades that contains and controls the working fluid. Credit for invention of the steam turbine is given both to the British engineer Sir Charles Parsons, for invention of the reaction turbine and to Swedish engineer Gustaf de Laval, for invention of the impulse turbine. Modern steam turbines frequently employ both reaction and impulse in the same unit, typically varying the degree of reaction and impulse from the blade root to its periphery. The word "turbine" was coined in 1822 by the French mining engineer Claude Burdin from the Latin turbo, or vortex, in a memoir, "Des turbines hydrauliques ou machines rotatoires à grande vitesse", which he submitted to the Académie royale des sciences in Paris. Benoit Fourneyron, a former student of Claude Burdin, built the first practical water turbine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Turbine

    tur′bin, n. a horizontal water-wheel with vertical axis, receiving and discharging water in various directions round the circumference—by parallel, outward, or inward flow.—adj. Tur′binal, turbinate.—n. (anat.) a scroll-like bone.—adjs. Tur′binate, -d, shaped like a top or inverted cone: spiral: (anat.) whorled in shape: whirling like a top.—ns. Turbinā′tion; Tur′bine-pump, a pump in which water is raised by the inverted action of a turbine-wheel; Turb′ine-steam′er, a vessel impelled by a steam-turbine.—adjs. Tur′biniform, Tur′binoid, top-shaped. [Fr.,—L. turbo, turbinis, a whirl—turbāre, to disturb—turba, disorder.]


  1. Turbine

    Turbine creates and operates online games. It is one of the largest privately-held online gaming studios in North America. Turbine’s online games include The Lord of the Rings Online, Shadows of Angmar, Dungeons & Dragons Online, Stormreach and Asheron’s Call.

Editors Contribution

  1. turbine

    A type of device created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    The wind turbines are very important for the benefit of everyone in society.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

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  1. tuberin

  2. tribune

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of turbine in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of turbine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of turbine in a Sentence

  1. Guy Houlsby:

    The original Darrieus turbine has blades that are parallel to the axis of rotation, and that means that the loads in the blades are carried entirely by bending of the blades. That results in very high stresses, the re-design that we've done changes the blades so that they form this triangulated structure, and that's a very stiff and very strong structural form. And that means that the loads in the blades are principally carried by axial forces and that means that the stresses are much lower.

  2. Peter Dixon:

    A lagoon generates maximum at the turn of the tide when a tidal turbine like ours is actually static, not turning, so together they constructively interfere, as the scientists would say. Very effective....it's very advantageous to have both.

  3. Chief Executive Anders Runevad:

    This is a more market-oriented approach, there is a different logic now that we get into an auction market. The EnVentus platform, the first new Vestas platform since 2011, will offer customers more flexibility than The EnVentus platform existing 2 megawatt( MW) and 4 MW platforms, Vestas said. The company is also launching new V150-5.6 MW and V162-5.6 MW turbines to run on The EnVentus platform. New EnVentus-based turbines will be built from standardised modules that fit other turbines rather than from parts that only fit one platform. New EnVentus-based turbines will make manufacturing, servicing and upgrading New EnVentus-based turbines simpler, Vestas said. Vestas, whose main rivals are General Electric( GE.N) and Siemens Gamesa( SGREN.MC), last month became the first to install 100 gigawatts of capacity globally. The wind power industry has been grappling with reduced subsidies in recent years and governments seeking more competitive contract tenders, increasing pressure on suppliers, turbine makers and wind farm developers to reduce costs.

  4. Andrew Scott:

    The energy itself of tidal streams is familiar to people, it's kinetic energy, so it's not too dissimilar to something like wind, the bits of technology that generate power look not too different to a wind turbine.

  5. Michael Jones:

    Japan's energy market is entering a new phase.... Utilities are having to become more cost competitive. Running old steam turbine gas and oil units no longer makes sense.

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