Definition of Wankel engine in English:

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Wankel engine

Pronunciation: /ˈwaŋk(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /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.
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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