Definition of Wankel engine in English:

Share this entry

Wankel engine

Pronunciation: /ˈwaŋk(ə)l/
/ˈvaŋ-/

noun

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.
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.

Origin

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

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.