- an engine, as a turbine, in which the impelling fluid produces torque directly rather than by acting upon reciprocating parts.
- a revolving radial engine.
Origin of rotary engine
First recorded in 1810–20
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Related Words for rotary engineturbine
- an internal-combustion engine having radial cylinders that rotate about a fixed crankshaft
- an engine, such as a turbine or wankel engine, in which power is transmitted directly to rotating components
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