reciprocating engine

noun

Definition of 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, 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, "Treacherous Antarctic Waters Open Up, Just Briefly," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of reciprocating engine

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Reciprocating engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reciprocating%20engine. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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