steam turbine


: a turbine that is driven by the pressure of steam discharged at high velocity against the turbine vanes

Examples of steam turbine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During that time, the conversion efficiency of TPV devices has been able to reach 40 percent, better than that of some steam turbines. IEEE Spectrum, 21 Feb. 2024 The project, for example, plans to power its processing of natural gas with a gas and steam turbine, as well as solar energy, according to the company. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Burning iron powder produces heat that can be used directly or converted into electricity by a steam turbine, leaving behind iron oxide, or rust. IEEE Spectrum, 22 June 2023 After becoming president of the Chicago Edison company, Insull quickly increased load factor, adopted more efficient steam turbines, became a proponent of AC power, and quickly bought up other companies to turn competitor power stations into substations. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 8 June 2023 To generate electricity, the TWR uses a more complicated system than today’s reactors, which use the core’s immense heat to boil water and drive a steam turbine to generate usable electricity. Michael Koziol, IEEE Spectrum, 1 June 2018 There are numerous complex machines such as jet engines, steam turbines and many others that can be difficult to research and understand just by looking at sheets of paper. Abhinand Chincholi, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 The steam turbine generator invented by Charles Parsons in 1884 revolutionized the production of electricity as well as marine transport. IEEE Spectrum, 31 May 2019 The onboard steam turbine, for instance, will be connected to a generator that charges the batteries to provide power to the azimuth thrusters. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of steam turbine was in 1860

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“Steam turbine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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steam turbine

: a turbine that is driven by the pressure of steam discharged at high speed against the turbine blades

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