Stirling engine


Stir·​ling engine ˈstər-liŋ- How to pronounce Stirling engine (audio)
: an external combustion engine having an enclosed working fluid (such as helium) that is alternately compressed and expanded to operate a piston

Word History


Robert Stirling †1878 Scottish engineer

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Stirling engine was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Stirling engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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