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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Thousands visit the reunion each year to see steam engines, tractors and gas engines in action and on display. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Get down on the farm, catch the blues in St. Louis and more Midwest events," 9 Aug. 2019 Just as thermodynamics initially grew out of trying to improve steam engines, today’s thermodynamicists are mulling over the workings of quantum machines. Quanta Magazine, "The Quantum Thermodynamics Revolution," 2 May 2017 Vintage steam engines of all makes and models, belching forth smoke and sparks galore. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Defenders’ Day, Pratt Library reopening, Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention and more," 8 Sep. 2019 Get up close and personal with elite cars, tractors, steam engines, fire engines and aircrafts at Conner Prairie. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "These are the 22 best things to do with kids around Indianapolis in September," 3 Sep. 2019 Historic train ride on the LM&M Railroad behind a working steam engine. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 29-Aug. 4," 29 July 2019 Blame economics: Instead of a massive single steam engine, diesels could be daisy-chained together and controlled from the lead engine. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train," 13 June 2019 The ships, sheathed in iron, bristled with the latest Victorian-era technology—from steam engines to heated water and an early daguerreotype camera. National Geographic, "In 1845 explorers sought the Northwest Passage—then vanished," 8 Aug. 2019 The economist William Stanley Jevons noticed in the 19th century that British coal consumption increased after James Watt invented a more efficient steam engine, because lower-cost power ended up being used more widely than ever before. Washington Post, "Qantas Better Watch the Bloat as Fuel Costs Rise," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of steam engine

1751, in the meaning defined above

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steam engine

noun

Kids Definition of steam engine

: an engine powered by steam

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