Definition of turbine
: 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
Below the dam: Cotter Trout Dock reports: Three or four turbines in use; trout very good early on Head Hunters, and after noon on worms, pink Power Worms and PowerBait (sunrise and fluorescent yellow are best).
Turbines along the Texas coast may actually offer an upside for the wind power market this week.
BlackRock, which provided the project's equity financing, confirmed the first turbine would be ready for production next week and said power sales would start a few days later.
The new Wyoming turbines will generate enough electricity to power as many as 190,000 homes.
At night, the water would run back down the cliffs through a tunnel, passing through a turbine to create hydropower.
Jacobson counters that that's because the paper assumes that dams would add turbines, but only for peak usage; their average usage would still be much lower.
The home strives for eventual grid-disconnection by using battery power, a solar photovoltaic system, and a vertical-axis wind turbine.
According to the YouTube poster Centre, the plane was a 1/3 scale twin turbine costing $35,000.
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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.
TURBINE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of turbine for Students
: 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
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