- a plant, including engines, dynamos, etc., and the building or buildings necessary for the generation of power, as electric or nuclear power.
- the machinery for supplying power for a particular mechanical process or operation.
- the engine, motor, or other power source along with related ignition, transmission, etc., components of a vehicle, aircraft, machine, etc.
Origin of power plant
First recorded in 1885–90
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Consequently, the acquisition of a powerplant intended for actual flight was considerably deferred.The Wright Brothers' Engines and Their Design
Leonard S. Hobbs.
- the complex, including machinery, associated equipment, and the structure housing it, that is used in the generation of power, esp electrical power
- the equipment supplying power to a particular machine or for a particular operation or process
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