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stationary engine

an engine mounted in a fixed position, as one used for driving generators, compressors, etc.
Origin of stationary engine
First recorded in 1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Lincoln said one day sadly, “McClellan is a great engineer, but his special talent is for a stationary engine.”

    The Wonderful Story of Lincoln Charles M. Stevens
  • From that came the stationary engine, and from that the engine as applied to the locomotive.

    American Men of Mind Burton E. Stevenson
  • In another two or three minutes they would be crashing into the stationary engine.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • The bellows principle of increasing the furnace draft might have been harmless in a stationary engine.

  • A comparison has now to be made between the cost of power as developed by a locomotive and as developed by a stationary engine.

  • Shows the horse-power of any stationary engine without calculation.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • Soon he caught the pop-pop of that stationary engine which had once so mystified him.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • Shows the horsepower of any stationary engine without calculation.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • We must make up a party, the first pleasant day, and go and see the stationary engine which pumps this water for us.

    Stories of Invention Edward E. Hale
  • The "dummy" is even a grade below these, being practically a stationary engine set on a car with driving wheels attached.

    How to Become an Engineer Frank W. Doughty
British Dictionary definitions for stationary engine

stationary engine

an engine that remains in a fixed position, esp one in a building that drives generators or other machinery
Derived Forms
stationary engineer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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