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Rankine cycle

noun, Thermodynamics.
the hypothetical cycle of a steam engine in which all heat transfers take place at constant pressure and in which expansion and compression occur adiabatically.
Also called Clausius cycle.
Origin of Rankine cycle
First recorded in 1895-1900; named after W. J. M. Rankine Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for Rankine cycle

Rankine cycle

the thermodynamic cycle in steam engines by which water is pumped into a boiler at one end and the steam is condensed at the other
Word Origin
C19: named after W. J. M. Rankine (1820–72), Scottish physicist
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