steam engine


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

Examples of steam engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fast forward to the Western Europe Industrial Revolution and the introduction of furnaces, boilers and the steam engine required the creation of automatic control systems, such as speed control and pressure regulator devices. Kison Patel, Forbes, "The Future Of M&A And Automation," 9 Apr. 2021 There was disagreement later about whether the sound came from a steam engine on the railroad tracks or from a factory in the center of the booming oil town, but there was no doubting its meaning. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921," 17 Mar. 2021 If carbon dioxide is the canary in the coal mine, the Critical Zone Observatory observes the canary and the mine and the steam engine powered by the coal and the chimney smoke, as well as all of the people involved. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, "Are You A Citizen Of The Critical Zone? An Important Exhibit Shows That Your Life Depends On It," 10 Mar. 2021 The Newcomen steam engine went unchallenged for the next 50 years and was used to drain wetlands, supply water to towns, and to power factories and mills. Addison Nugent, Popular Mechanics, "Why Heron's Aeolipile Is One of History's Greatest Forgotten Machines," 29 Nov. 2020 It’s the knowledge-work equivalent of figuring out how to make the waterwheel turn faster—a useful improvement in the moment, but not nearly as important as the looming introduction of the steam engine. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Slack Is the Right Tool for the Wrong Way to Work," 14 Dec. 2020 Train displays harken back to the time of the steam engine with whimsical buildings, landscaping and special effects. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Nov. 30-Dec. 6," 30 Nov. 2020 Then, in 1689 English inventor Thomas Savery developed the world’s first modern steam engine in the form of a pump to remove water from mines. Addison Nugent, Popular Mechanics, "Why Heron's Aeolipile Is One of History's Greatest Forgotten Machines," 29 Nov. 2020 It was constructed by the Baltimore City Passenger Railway and housed an industrial steam engine made by Reynolds-Corliss. Jacques Kelly,, "Retro Baltimore: For 70 years, a dip of Hendler’s ice cream hit the spot," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of steam engine

1751, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2021

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“Steam engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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: an engine powered by steam

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