Carnot's theorem

noun

variants or Carnot's principle
: a principle in thermodynamics: an engine working in a reversible cycle is at least as efficient as any other engine working between the same limits of temperature, the efficiency of such an engine being a function of the two limiting temperatures and not dependent on the mechanical design or the working substance of the engine

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Etymology

translation of French principe de Carnot, after N.L.S. Carnot, its formulator

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“Carnot's theorem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Carnot%27s%20theorem. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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