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[ri-koo-puh-rey-ter, -kyoo-]
  1. a person or thing that recuperates.
  2. (in a recuperative furnace) a system of thin-walled ducts through which incoming air and exhausted gases pass separately so that the air is heated by the gases.
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Origin of recuperator

1700–10; < Latin recuperātor regainer, equivalent to recuperā(re) to recover (see recuperate) + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for recuperator

Historical Examples

  • Even with the delivery of the first recuperator, difficulties did not vanish.

    America's Munitions 1917-1918

    Benedict Crowell

  • It was in the making of the recuperator systems that the greatest problems were presented.

  • Carriage and recuperator, or recoil mechanism, together are known as the mount.

  • The praetor delegated his power to three classes of judges, called respectively judex, arbiter, and recuperator.

  • That is precisely the equivalent of the feat performed by the recuperator of a 240-millimeter howitzer after a shot.

British Dictionary definitions for recuperator


  1. a person that recuperates
  2. a device employing springs or pneumatic power to return a gun to the firing position after the recoil
  3. chemical engineering a system of flues that transfers heat from the hot gases leaving a furnace to the incoming air
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