cylinder

[ sil-in-der ]
/ ˈsɪl ɪn dər /

noun

verb (used with object)

to furnish with a cylinder or cylinders.
to subject to the action of a cylinder or cylinders.

Origin of cylinder

1560–70; < Latin cylindrus < Greek kýlindros roller, cylinder, akin to kylíndein to roll

Related forms

cyl·in·der·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cylinder

cylinder

/ (ˈsɪlɪndə) /

noun

verb

(tr) to provide (a system) with cylinders

Derived Forms

cylinder-like, adjective

Word Origin for cylinder

C16: from Latin cylindrus, from Greek kulindros a roller, from kulindein to roll
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Medicine definitions for cylinder

cylinder

[ sĭlən-dər ]

n.

The surface generated by a straight line intersecting and moving along a closed plane curve, the directrix, while remaining parallel to a fixed straight line that is not on or parallel to the plane of the directrix.
A solid bounded by two parallel planes and such a surface, especially such a surface having a circle as its directrix.
A cylindrical or rodlike renal cast.
A cylindrical lens.
A cylindrical metal container for gases stored under high pressure.
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Science definitions for cylinder

cylinder

[ sĭlən-dər ]

A three-dimensional surface or solid object bounded by a curved surface and two parallel circles of equal size at the ends. The curved surface is formed by all the line segments joining corresponding points of the two parallel circles.
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Idioms and Phrases with cylinder

cylinder


see firing on all cylinders.

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