reciprocating engine


: an engine in which the to-and-fro motion of one or more pistons is transformed into the rotary motion of a crankshaft

Examples of reciprocating engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, hybrid systems such as MHIET’s Eblox combine renewable energy such as solar power with a reciprocating engine generator for backup and a battery for storage. Andrea Willige, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 For example, Antelope Station, a 165 megawatt electricity producer in Texas, has 18 reciprocating engine generators to balance out wind variability, and can get to full operating capacity in 5 minutes. Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reciprocating engine was in 1822

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“Reciprocating engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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