steam engine

noun

Definition of steam engine 

: an engine driven or worked by steam specifically : a reciprocating engine having a piston driven in a closed cylinder by steam

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Carnot rules One famous limit of thermodynamics is that heat engines, like steam engines and internal combustion engines, must be less efficient than a Carnot heat engine (a heat engine cycle designed by French engineer Carnot). Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Pulsed engines provide high efficiency, output power, low fluctuations," 25 Sep. 2018 Where the steam engine only took over physical labor, AI can perform both intellectual and physical labor. Kai-fu Lee, WSJ, "The Human Promise of the AI Revolution," 14 Sep. 2018 Aside from flowers, the show also includes carnival rides, steam engines, and produce stands from the local area. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Camilla Parker Bowles Revealed an Injury on Her Hand at a Royal Event," 25 July 2018 The 70-ton machine became the first steam engine to reach an authenticated speed of 100 mph, and went on to provide express service for decades, only retiring after some 2,000,000 miles. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Iconic Flying Scotsman Steam Engine Looks Majestic In a Dead Sprint," 26 Feb. 2016 Also on display now is an 1888 Silsby steam engine, made in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Mark Yost, WSJ, "A Museum to Spark New Interest," 11 July 2018 Locomotives and steam engines, water fountains and lampposts, anything and everything that could be cast from molten metal was on display. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Over the Labor Day weekend in 1978, his wife saw a newspaper photograph of a new steam engine that was running on the small railroad in Tilden park. Paul Chinn, SFChronicle.com, "Tilden park’s railway engineer rolls through decades of train runs, hand waves," 10 June 2018 In his telling, the American Revolution helped damage the whaling industry, and the Napoleonic Wars helped spur advances in the steam engine by increasing the demand for horses and, therefore, the cost of transporting them and their fodder. New York Times, "A History of the Energy We Have Consumed," 18 June 2018

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1751, in the meaning defined above

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steam engine

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: an engine powered by steam

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