an early form of single-acting engine in which the power stroke is provided by atmospheric pressure acting upon a piston in an exhausted cylinder.
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How to use atmospheric engine in a sentence
The cylinder was let down into the top of the boiler, and like Newcomen's atmospheric engine had no cylinder cover.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
This Piston T S, acts only one way, like that of an atmospheric engine, a thing now quite out of date!A New Century of Inventions | James White
The essential features of the atmospheric engine were not new.Stories of Invention | Edward E. Hale
This is the extent as far as I know of Savory's claim to be the inventor of the atmospheric engine.The Stoker's Catechism | W. J. Connor
On the other hand, the atmospheric engine was limited in its power only by the dimensions of its piston.The Steam Engine Explained and Illustrated (Seventh Edition) | Dionysius Lardner