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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Examples from the Web for powerplant
Consequently, the acquisition of a powerplant intended for actual flight was considerably deferred.The Wright Brothers' Engines and Their Design|Leonard S. Hobbs.
British Dictionary definitions for powerplant
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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