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 In 1851, the Free Press bought a steam engine to power the paper's printing press, which is dubbed Peggy Ann for reasons now long lost. Dan Austin, Detroit Free Press, 5 May 2022 Something was going on well before the invention of the steam engine. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Halfway through the trip, passengers will have the chance to exit the train and take photos of the steam engine. Megan Becka, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2022 According to The Thistlegorm Project—a maritime archaeology project that creates and studies 3D models of the ship for digital preservation—a triple-expansion steam engine rated to 1,850 horsepower powered the armed freighter. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 10 Mar. 2022 The printing press, the steam engine, antibiotics, the automobile, the vacuum tube, silicon chips, electricity, the birth-control pill, anesthesia, the refrigerator. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, 15 Jan. 2022 The head and torso of the android, which is powered by a steam engine, takes the form of a Black man pulling a cart, a replacement for a draft horse. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 18 Feb. 2022 Many of history’s watershed moments—the printing press, the steam engine, the internet—were only recognized as major changes in hindsight. Alan Mcintyre, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 One particularly fierce storm dropped more than three inches of rain, triggering landslides and flooding 10 businesses, including their Old Coal Town Museum, with ore cars and a steam engine out front. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of steam engine

1751, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Steam engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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