[noo-kuhm-uh n, nyoo-] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for newcomen

Historical Examples of newcomen

  • The Newcomen engines could no longer drain the deepened mines.

    James Watt

    Andrew Carnegie

  • Such, in a few words, was the construction and action of Newcomen's first engine.

    Stories of Invention

    Edward E. Hale

  • It was not long until he read a description of a Newcomen engine.

    The Story of Great Inventions

    Elmer Ellsworth Burns

  • Mr. Newcomen ordered a whip to despatch him and end the tragedy.

    The Badger

    Alfred E. Pease

  • His steam engines represented a great step beyond the Newcomen engines, though still using low-pressure steam.

    Automobile Biographies

    Lyman Horace Weeks

British Dictionary definitions for newcomen


  1. Thomas. 1663–1729, English engineer who invented a steam engine, which James Watt later modified and developed
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[nōōkə-mən]Thomas 1663-1729
  1. English inventor who developed an early steam engine (1711) that was was widely used to pump water in coal mines.
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