wind turbine

noun

Definition of wind turbine

: a wind-driven turbine for generating electricity

Examples of wind turbine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vessel will be engineered, constructed and operated by ECO, serving as an at-sea base of operations to accommodate and transfer technicians, tools and parts to and from individual wind turbine generators. NOLA.com, "New Orleans Business Briefs for Oct. 11, 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 In the 2019 session, South Texas Democrat Terry Canales put forward a bill that would require wind turbine operators to adhere to certain bonding requirements for land restoration work when, eventually, the turbine is removed. Popular Science, "The pandemic could end Texas’s oil boom—and start something better," 5 Oct. 2020 Slashing humanity’s reliance on fossil fuels will require billions of kilograms of metal: a single wind turbine can contain more than a metric ton of copper, and electric car batteries demand heaps of cobalt, nickel and manganese. Daniel Ackerman, Scientific American, "Deep-Sea Mining: How to Balance Need for Metals with Ecological Impacts," 31 Aug. 2020 The unusual home was a project of the Water Foundation, which invested $1.75 million into packing the home with 20 conservation technologies, including solar panels, two geothermal systems and a wind turbine. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "This Geodesic dome home in the woods of Brainerd is packed with green technology," 28 Aug. 2020 The 300-foot-tall wind turbine is a rare sight in a state best known for its long and rich history in coal mining. Hunter Holcombe, CBS News, "The fight over green jobs in coal country: "We can become important again"," 10 May 2019 In fact, the fastest growing occupation in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is wind turbine service technician, with a median salary of about $53,000 per year. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "As fossil fuel jobs falter, renewables come to the rescue," 25 Sep. 2020 Watch as builders dig, frame, and fill the foundation for a 250-foot wind turbine. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Contractors Hypnotically Build an Entire Wind Turbine Farm," 21 Sep. 2020 If someone clicks on a search at 3 AM, Google will find the electricity to power that query from a battery, wind turbine, solar panel, hydroelectric dam, or some other carbon-free technology at that precise moment. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Google made clean energy cool for corporations, and it’s about to do the same for batteries," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of wind turbine

1909, in the meaning defined above

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17 Oct 2020

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“Wind turbine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wind%20turbine. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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