rotary engine

Definitions of rotary engine
  1. noun
    an internal-combustion engine in which power is transmitted directly to rotating components
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    turbine
    rotary engine in which the kinetic energy of a moving fluid is converted into mechanical energy by causing a bladed rotor to rotate
    Wankel engine, Wankel rotary engine, epitrochoidal engine
    a rotary engine that is a four-stroke internal-combustion engine without reciprocating parts
    gas turbine
    turbine that converts the chemical energy of a liquid fuel into mechanical energy by internal combustion; gaseous products of the fuel (which is burned in compressed air) are expanded through a turbine
    hydroelectric turbine
    turbine consisting of a large and efficient version of a water wheel used to drive an electric generator
    impulse turbine
    a turbine that is driven by jets direct against the blades
    reaction turbine
    a turbine with blades arranged to develop torque from gradual decrease of steam pressure from inlet to exhaust
    steam turbine
    turbine in which steam strikes blades and makes them turn
    wind turbine
    a turbine that is driven by the wind
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    ICE, internal-combustion engine
    a heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine
  2. noun
    an internal-combustion engine having cylinders arranged radially around a central crankcase
    synonyms: radial engine
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    ICE, internal-combustion engine
    a heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine
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