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.
Definition of Wankel engine in:
- The US English dictionary