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
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This also was the invention of Hero, and was a reaction engine, on the principle of the eolipile.History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science
John William Draper
- a variant spelling of 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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