Definition of Carnot cycle
: 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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