- an early type of steam engine, in which a pivoted beam is vibrated by a vertical steam cylinder at one end, so that it transmits motion to the workload, such as a pump, at the other end
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Stevens continued his work of improving the beam-engine for many years.
The beam-engine is a peculiarly American type, seldom if ever seen abroad.