EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun an engine worked by steam, typically one in which a sliding piston in a cylinder is moved by the expansive action of the steam generated in a boiler. Origin of steam engine
First recorded in
1745–55 Related forms steam-en·gine, adjective
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Examples from the Web for steam-engine Historical Examples of steam-engine
steam-engine is the better thing, for it has the soul of a man in it, and the flower has no soul at all.
If God be not, then
steam-engine and flower are in the same category.
Let us suppose ourselves to be in a building in which a
steam-engine is at work.
He leaves it to the specialist, which is as if he should leave his dinner to be eaten by a
Talk of a deer, the wind, or a
steam-engine—they are not to be compared with it. British Dictionary definitions for steam-engine noun an engine that uses the thermal energy of steam to produce mechanical work, esp one in which steam from a boiler is expanded in a cylinder to drive a reciprocating piston
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Word Origin and History for steam-engine n.
1751; earlier in the same sense was
fire engine, atmospheric engine.
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An engine in which the energy of hot steam is converted into mechanical power, especially an engine in which the force of expanding steam is used to drive one or more pistons. The source of the steam is typically external to the part of the machine that converts the steam energy into mechanical energy. Compare internal-combustion engine.
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