a pipe conducting water from a head gate to a waterwheel.
a conduit for conveying water to a power plant.
a sluicelike contrivance used to control the flow of water.
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How to use penstock in a sentence
penstock, pen′stok, n. a trough conveying water to a water-wheel.
Adjoining the engine-well are the grating tank and penstock chamber, and with these the principal main sewer communicates.A Comprehensive History of Norwich | A. D. Bayne
At the gate is placed a vertical iron tube called a penstock, 7½ feet in diameter and 160 feet deep.Inventions in the Century | William Henry Doolittle
Each turbine in a penstock represents the power of 5,000 horses, and there are now ten or more employed.Inventions in the Century | William Henry Doolittle
Patrick is with him, his devoted servant, and Miss penstock has gone to keep house for them.Saxe Holm's Stories | Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for penstock
a conduit that supplies water to a hydroelectric power plant
a channel bringing water from the head gates to a water wheel
a sluice for controlling water flow
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Scientific definitions for penstock
A sluice or gate used to control a flow of water.
A pipe or conduit used to carry water to a water wheel or turbine.
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