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aeolipile

or ae路ol路i路pyle, e路ol路i路pile

[ ee-ol-uh-pahyl ]
/ i藞蓲l 蓹藢pa瑟l /
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noun
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.
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Origin of aeolipile

1650鈥60; <Latin aeol墨pilae balls of Aeolus, alteration of aeol墨pylae gates of Aeolus, equivalent to Aeol墨 (genitive singular of Aeolus) + pylae, plural of pyla<Greek p媒l膿 gate
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How to use aeolipile in a sentence

  • Another orifice in the aeolipile was fitted with a reed, so that the steam going through it imitated the song of a bird.

    Automobile Biographies|Lyman Horace Weeks
  • The Verbiest model was for a four-wheeled carriage, on which an aeolipile was mounted with a pan of burning coals beneath it.

    Automobile Biographies|Lyman Horace Weeks
  • Some late authors have discovered the extraordinary use to which the frauds of the heathen priesthood applied the Aeolipile, viz.

British Dictionary definitions for aeolipile

aeolipile
/ (i藧藞蓲l瑟藢pa瑟l) /

noun
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 aeol墨pilae balls of Aeolus or aeol墨pylae gates of Aeolus
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