Definition of steam engine in English:

steam engine

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  • 1An engine that uses the expansion or rapid condensation of steam to generate power.
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    • The sails were removed in 1866 and the mill was then powered by a coal-fired steam engine.
    • He also refused to use a crank - to translate the reciprocal motion of the steam engine into the rotary motion required by most machines - because someone else had already mentioned it in another patent.
    • In 1852 he flew 27 km. in a dirigible, powered by a steam engine.
  • 1.1A steam locomotive.
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    • It was the perfection of the steam engine by George Stephenson in 1825 that converted the railway into a means of transporting heavy goods which would replace both road and canal.
    • The locomotive, the first steam engine to reach 100 mph and the first to travel non-stop from Edinburgh to London, has attracted worldwide interest.
    • We pass a steam engine and the depot as we leave town.

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