cylinder

noun cyl·in·der \ ˈsi-lən-dər \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of cylinder

1 a :the surface traced by a straight line moving parallel to a fixed straight line and intersecting a fixed planar closed curve
b :a solid or surface bounded by a cylinder and two parallel planes cutting all its elements; especially :right circular cylinder — see Volume Formulas Table
2 :a cylindrical body or space: such as
a :the turning chambered breech of a revolver
b (1) :the piston chamber in an engine
(2) :a chamber in a pump from which the piston expels the fluid
c :any of various rotating members in a press (such as a printing press); especially :one that impresses paper on an inked form
d :a cylindrical clay object inscribed with cuneiform inscriptions

cylindered

play \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

  1. the cylinder of a revolver

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Origin and Etymology of cylinder

Middle French or Latin; Middle French cylindre, from Latin cylindrus, from Greek kylindros, from kylindein to roll; perhaps akin to Greek kyklos wheel — more at wheel

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CYLINDER Defined for Kids

cylinder

noun cyl·in·der \ ˈsi-lən-dər \

Definition of cylinder for Students

:a long round body whether hollow or solid


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