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stationary engine

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noun
  1. an engine mounted in a fixed position, as one used for driving generators, compressors, etc.
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Origin of stationary engine

First recorded in 1830–40
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  • Friend Cropper, however, headed the stationary-engine party, and insisted upon adopting it.

    'Puffing Billy' and the Prize 'Rocket'

    Helen Cross Knight


British Dictionary definitions for stationary engine

stationary engine

noun
  1. an engine that remains in a fixed position, esp one in a building that drives generators or other machinery
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Derived Formsstationary engineer, noun
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