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
Then came the efficient steel roller mill with spinning cylinders that discarded the germ and bran to yield a practically unspoilable flour composed solely of the white endosperm — aka white flour.
Finally, the bagless vacuum with the clear cylinder.
A half-foot shorter than Gobert, with far less leaping ability, Green nevertheless timed his jump, wedged his hand between ball and cylinder, and blocked the shot.
Front and center in Uribe-Romo's lab is a device that looks like a tanning bed rolled into a cylinder.
The drugs were contained in plastic bags inside metal cylinders that were placed in four crates.
Engine: 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder; 3.6-liter V-6.
Audi could have added cylinder deactivation technology to boost fuel economy, but that's not exactly the audience that the company is targeting.
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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
First Known Use: 1570
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Definition of cylinder for Students
: a long round body whether hollow or solid
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