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cylinder

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noun cyl·in·der \ˈsi-lən-dər\

Definition of cylinder

  1. 1 a :  the surface traced by a straight line moving parallel to a fixed straight line and intersecting a fixed planar closed curve b :  a solid or surface bounded by a cylinder and two parallel planes cutting all its elements; especially :  right circular cylinder — see volume table

  2. 2 :  a cylindrical body or space: as a :  the turning chambered breech of a revolver b (1) :  the piston chamber in an engine (2) :  a chamber in a pump from which the piston expels the fluid c :  any of various rotating members in a press (as a printing press); especially :  one that impresses paper on an inked form d :  a cylindrical clay object inscribed with cuneiform inscriptions

cyl·in·dered play \-dərd\ adjective
on all cylinders
  1. :  with maximum effort or intensity :  at full capacity or speed <the economy is running on all cylinders>



Examples of cylinder

  1. the cylinder of a revolver



Origin of cylinder

Middle French or Latin; Middle French cylindre, from Latin cylindrus, from Greek kylindros, from kylindein to roll; perhaps akin to Greek kyklos wheel — more at wheel


First Known Use: 1570

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CYLINDER Defined for Kids

cylinder

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noun cyl·in·der \ˈsi-lən-dər\

Definition of cylinder

  1. :  a long round body whether hollow or solid





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