or ae·ol·i·pyle, e·ol·i·pile
a round vessel caused to rotate by the force of tangentially escaping steam: an early example of jet propulsion.
a device for injecting the vapors of heated alcohol into a laboratory furnace.
Origin of aeolipile
< Latin aeolīpilae
balls of Aeolus
, alteration of aeolīpylae
gates of Aeolus
, equivalent to Aeolī
(genitive singular of Aeolus
) + pylae,
plural of pyla
< Greek pýlē
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Historical Examples of aeolipile
Some late authors have discovered the extraordinary use to which the frauds of the heathen priesthood applied the Aeolipile, viz.
The Verbiest model was for a four-wheeled carriage, on which an aeolipile was mounted with a pan of burning coals beneath it.
Another orifice in the aeolipile was fitted with a reed, so that the steam going through it imitated the song of a bird.
British Dictionary definitions for aeolipile
a device illustrating the reactive forces of a gas jet: usually a spherical vessel mounted so as to rotate and equipped with angled exit pipes from which steam within it escapes
Word Origin for aeolipile
C17: from Latin aeolīpilae balls of Aeolus or aeolīpylae gates of Aeolus
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