wind turbine

noun

Definition of wind turbine

: a wind-driven turbine for generating electricity

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Bigger and Bigger Offshore wind turbines have been growing larger for years as companies develop bigger and bolder designs. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "The Race to Build a Wind Behemoth," 24 Aug. 2018 The rear is flanked by two vertical, egg whisk-style wind turbines, which add to the power production. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Funky Boat Circling the Planet on Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Gas," 5 July 2018 Optimism is harder to find in the last galleries, where Adams’s photographs of California ghost towns in the ’30s are matched with Mr. Epstein’s sarcastic view from 2007 of a California golf course next to a dusty field crowded with wind turbines. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Ansel Adams in Our Time’ Review: Reconsidering a Mountainous Career," 12 Dec. 2018 That might sound odd for a state so far from the sea, but the benefits of offshore wind (strong, consistent gusts and relative proximity to major population centers) translate to wind turbines that are placed in freshwater, too. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Energy Department proposes funding for Ohio’s first offshore wind project," 6 Oct. 2018 Since 2010, domestic manufacturers have increased their production capacity of wind turbine components, according to the Energy Department. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Cost to generate wind power fell by one-third in six years," 13 July 2018 In the Heights GE’s proposed wind turbine will be nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "The Race to Build a Wind Behemoth," 24 Aug. 2018 New York, for example, wants to generate 50% of its power from renewable sources by 2030, even though such a goal would require covering nearly 1,000 square miles of the Empire State with wind turbines and solar panels. Paul H. Tice, WSJ, "Trump’s Half-Measures Won’t Save the Coal Industry," 16 Sep. 2018 For this study the authors looked at what the desert would look like if it was covered substantially with wind turbines and solar panels. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Solar Panels in the Sahara Could Make It Rain More," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of wind turbine

1909, in the meaning defined above

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wind turbine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wind turbine

: a tall structure that has large blades attached to an engine and that is used to produce electricity

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