Definition of Wankel engine in English:

Wankel engine

Line breaks: Wan¦kel en¦gine
Pronunciation: /ˈwaŋk(ə)l
, ˈvaŋ-/


A rotary internal-combustion engine in which a curvilinear, triangular, eccentrically pivoted piston rotates in an elliptical chamber, forming three combustion spaces that vary in volume as it turns.
More example sentences
  • Having already bought the licence to produce Wankel engines, the decision was taken to go rotary.
  • An internal combustion engine will produce 14-15 hp per gallon of fuel per hour (Wankel engines are a little worse, but we'll go with this figure.)
  • And the latest incarnation of his Wankel engines seems to be taking off as a product in its own right.


1960s: named after Felix Wankel (1902–88), German engineer.

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