- 1A disc or short cylinder fitting closely within a tube in which it moves up and down against a liquid or gas, used in an internal-combustion engine to derive motion, or in a pump to impart motion.More example sentences
- Besides leaving salt deposits, rusting internal parts and causing valve damage, water in an engine also makes short work of pistons and cylinders.
- The central control circuit then sends a control signal to the driver's circuit for the accumulator piston.
- The aluminum block has ductile iron cylinder liners and is filled with JE pistons.
- 1.1A valve in a brass musical instrument in the form of a piston, depressed to alter the pitch of a note.More example sentences
- It is in C, a tone above the euphonium, and reaches the lowest notes with the aid of six pistons; its upward range is much greater than that of the larger tubas.
- The valves and pistons on a trumpet are very delicate - and essential.
early 18th century: from French, from Italian pistone, variant of pestone 'large pestle', augmentative of pestello 'pestle'.
More definitions of pistonDefinition of piston in:
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