Carnot cycle

noun Car·not cycle \(ˈ)kär¦nō-\
variants: or

Carnot's cycle

\-ōz-\

Definition of Carnot cycle

  1. :  an ideal reversible closed thermodynamic cycle in which the working substance goes through the four successive operations of isothermal expansion to a desired point, adiabatic expansion to a desired point, isothermal compression, and adiabatic compression back to its initial state

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Origin and Etymology of carnot cycle

translation of French cycle de Carnot, after N.L.S. Carnot †1832 French physicist


First Known Use: 1887


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