external-combustion engine

Definitions of external-combustion engine
  1. noun
    a heat engine in which ignition occurs outside the chamber (cylinder or turbine) in which heat is converted to mechanical energy
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    types:
    steam engine
    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
    type of:
    heat engine
    any engine that makes use of heat to do work
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