- 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
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No; the 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.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
He leaves it to the specialist, which is as if he should leave his dinner to be eaten by a steam-engine.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Talk of a deer, the wind, or a steam-engine—they are not to be compared with it.Among the Pines
James R. Gilmore
- 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
1751; earlier in the same sense was fire engine, atmospheric engine.
- 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.