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Pelton wheel

[pel-tn]
noun
  1. a high-pressure impulse water turbine in which one or more free jets of water are directed against the buckets of the rotor.
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Origin of Pelton wheel

1880–85; named after L. A. Pelton (died 1908), U.S. engineer, its inventor
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British Dictionary definitions for pelton wheel

Pelton wheel

noun
  1. a type of impulse turbine in which specially shaped buckets mounted on the perimeter of a wheel are struck by a fast-flowing water jet
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Word Origin

C19: named after L. A. Pelton (1829–1908), US engineer who invented it
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