an engine mounted in a fixed position, as one used for driving generators, compressors, etc.
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
an engine that remains in a fixed position, esp one in a building that drives generators or other machinery
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