rotary engine

noun

Definition of rotary engine

1 : any of various engines (such as a turbine) in which power is applied to vanes or similar parts constrained to move in a circular path
2 : a radial engine in which the cylinders revolve about a stationary crankshaft

Examples of rotary engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the wee Mazda, whose small, light rotary engine sits mostly behind the front wheels, delivers exactly the 50/50 weight distribution that's lauded for handling balance by vehicledynamics theoreticians. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020 Duntov built two midengine experimental 'Vettes with rotary engines, glad for Cole’s support despite not sharing his enthusiasm for the engine. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Rare drawings, documents reveal secret history of midengine Corvette," 8 Feb. 2020 Duntov built two midengine experimental 'Vettes with rotary engines, glad for Cole’s support despite not sharing his enthusiasm for the engine. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Rare drawings, documents reveal secret history of midengine Corvette," 8 Feb. 2020 The 1973 Corvette 2-Rotor XP-987GT was a smaller, European-scale sports car with a rotary engine. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Rare drawings, documents reveal secret history of midengine Corvette," 8 Feb. 2020 The 1973 Corvette 2-Rotor XP-987GT was a smaller, European-scale sports car with a rotary engine. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Rare drawings, documents reveal secret history of midengine Corvette," 8 Feb. 2020 The car has custom-fit racing wheels and a rotary engine with an automatic transmission. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson: Lightning McQueen replica and other cool cars up for auction Tuesday," 14 Jan. 2020 Imagine triangles spinning around a shower curtain rod inside a beer keg—that is an elemental description of the screaming Wankel rotary engine. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 When looking at the surveys, Julie found that one-fifth of the rotary engines on a Mazda R100 were failing somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 miles. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "How James David Power III created the only car ranking company you’ve ever heard of.," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of rotary engine

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rotary engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rotary%20engine. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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