[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.

Origin of recuperator

1700–10; < Latin recuperātor regainer, equivalent to recuperā(re) to recover (see recuperate) + -tor -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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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