- any of various machines having a rotor, usually with vanes or blades, driven by the pressure, momentum, or reactive thrust of a moving fluid, as steam, water, hot gases, or air, either occurring in the form of free jets or as a fluid passing through and entirely filling a housing around the rotor.
Origin of turbine
Related Words for turbinecylinder, generator, transformer, turbine, tool, appliance, instrument, motor, weapon, diesel, mechanism, piston, apparatus, means, pot, fan, contrivance, agent, dynamo, barrel
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Contemporary Examples of turbine
Unfortunately for Crist, it will likely take a turbine engine to generate enough wind in his flagging sails to overtake Rubio.Charlie Crist's Last Gasp
October 20, 2010
Ninety four percent of all daily commerce takes place because diesel and turbine engines deliver the goods.Get Over the Oil Spill
June 23, 2010
Historical Examples of turbine
Are they after some more of dad's inventions because they didn't get his turbine motor?Tom Swift and his Motor-boat
And the boiler, of course, had emptied itself through the hole in the turbine.
When the meteor pierced the turbine, the water in the condenser began to boil.
This will considerably reduce the time the turbine requires to come to rest.
While the turbine is running, it should have a certain amount of careful attention.
Word Origin for turbine
1838, from French turbine, from Latin turbinem (nominative turbo) "spinning top, eddy, whirlwind," related to turba "turmoil, crowd" (see turbid). Originally applied to a wheel spinning on a vertical axis, driven by falling water. Turbo in reference to gas turbine engines is attested from 1904. Turbocharger is from 1934. Aeronautic turboprop is attested from 1945, with second element short for propeller.
- Any of various machines in which the kinetic energy of a moving fluid, such as water, steam, or gas, is converted to rotary motion. Turbines are used in boat propulsion systems, hydroelectric power generators, and jet aircraft engines. See also gas turbine.