Carnot cycle

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Carnot cycle was in 1887

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“Carnot cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Carnot%20cycle. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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