Carnot cycle

Car·​not cycle | \ (ˈ)kär¦nō- \
variants: or Carnot's cycle \ -​ōz-​ \

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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First Known Use of Carnot cycle

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Carnot cycle

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

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“Carnot cycle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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