Wankel engine


Wan·​kel engine ˈväŋ-kəl- How to pronounce Wankel engine (audio) ˈwaŋ- How to pronounce Wankel engine (audio)
: an internal combustion rotary engine that has a rounded triangular rotor functioning as a piston and rotating in a space in the engine and that has only two major moving parts

Examples of Wankel engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mazda began studying the Wankel engine's potential in 1960 and signed a technical agreement with the patent holders a year later. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 1 Feb. 2023 Ultimately, high emissions and low fuel economy, inherent in the design, compounded by insurmountable reliability issues, eventually sent the Wankel engine out to pasture. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2022

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Word History


Felix Wankel †1988 German engineer

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wankel engine was in 1959

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“Wankel engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wankel%20engine. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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