turbine

play
noun tur·bine \ˈtər-bən, -ˌbīn\

Definition of turbine

  1. :  a rotary engine actuated by the reaction or impulse or both of a current of fluid (such as water, steam, or air) subject to pressure and usually made with a series of curved vanes on a central rotating spindle

Recent Examples of turbine from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'turbine'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Did You Know?

The oldest and simplest form of turbine is the waterwheel, which is made to rotate by water falling across its blades and into buckets suspended from them. Hero of Alexandria invented the first steam-driven turbine in the 1st century A.D., but a commercially practical steam turbine wasn't developed until 1884; steam turbines are now the main elements of electric power stations. Jet engines are gas turbines. A turbojet engine uses a turbine to compress the incoming air that feeds the engine before being ejected to push the plane forward; a turboprop engine uses its exhaust to drive a turbine that spins a propeller. A wind turbine generates electricity by being turned by the wind; the largest now have vanes with a turning diameter of over 400 feet.

Origin and Etymology of turbine

French, from Latin turbin-, turbo top, whirlwind, whirl, from turba confusion — more at turbid

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


TURBINE Defined for English Language Learners

turbine

play
noun

Definition of turbine for English Language Learners

  • : an engine that has a part with blades that are caused to spin by pressure from water, steam, or air


TURBINE Defined for Kids

turbine

play
noun tur·bine \ˈtər-bən\

Definition of turbine for Students

  1. :  an engine whose central driving shaft is fitted with a series of winglike parts that are spun by the pressure of water, steam, or gas



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up turbine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the weight of a container

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!