Definition of cylinder
1a : the surface traced by a straight line moving parallel to a fixed straight line and intersecting a fixed planar closed curveb : a solid or surface bounded by a cylinder and two parallel planes cutting all its elements; especially : right circular cylinder — see volume table
2 : a cylindrical body or space: such asa : the turning chambered breech of a revolverb (1) : the piston chamber in an engine (2) : a chamber in a pump from which the piston expels the fluidc : any of various rotating members in a press (such as a printing press); especially : one that impresses paper on an inked formd : a cylindrical clay object inscribed with cuneiform inscriptions
cylinderedplay \ˈsi-lən-dərd\ adjective
on all cylinders
: with maximum effort or intensity : at full capacity or speed the economy is running on all cylinders
Examples of cylinder in a Sentence
the cylinder of a revolver
Recent Examples of cylinder from the Web
Police found a .44-caliber handgun with two live rounds and three spent rounds of ammunition in the cylinder, records said.
It is sold in four-cylinder and V-6 gasoline models in front- or all-wheel drive.
The artifacts include ancient clay tablets featuring cuneiform writing, clay bullae, and cylinder seals, and were allegedly smuggled into the U.S via The United Arab Emirates and Israel for $1.6 million.
Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York announced on Wednesday that Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $3 million fine and forfeit 5,500 Iraqi artifacts, including cuneiform tablets and bricks, clay bullae, and cylinder seals.
Each colored smoke firework is a cardboard cylinder tube that measures about 1 inch in diameter and 5 inches long and has the UPC number 027736036561.
The smoke fireworks were sold in a pack of three cardboard cylinders, each about five inches long and an inch in diameter, for about $5.
Some of the items inside were weathered, but a wax-cylinder recording was playable.
The 1.6-liter diesel four-cylinder has 137 peak horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 240 lb.-ft.
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CYLINDER Defined for Kids
Definition of cylinder for Students
: a long round body whether hollow or solid
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