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stationary engine

  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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Historical Examples

  • 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

  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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