Definition of reciprocating engine in English:

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reciprocating engine

Pronunciation: /rəˈsiprəˌkādiNG ˈenjən/ Pronunciation: /rēˈsiprəˌkādiNG ˈenjən/


An engine in which one or more pistons move up and down in cylinders; a piston engine.
Example sentences
  • However, the 1.3 litres is not quite correct, as you cannot calculate the capacity as you would a normal reciprocating engine, each piston having three ‘cylinders’ that it sweeps every revolution.
  • The recent invention of the Parsons steam turbine had suddenly rendered reciprocating engines obsolete for liners and battleships, and the firm of Maudslay, Sons and Field had collapsed, and with it, much of Alfred Maudslay's income.
  • Gas turbine engines have a great power-to-weight ratio compared to reciprocating engines.

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Syllabification: re·cip·ro·cat·ing en·gine

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