a substance, usually a fluid, that undergoes changes in pressure, temperature, volume, or form as part of a process for accomplishing work.
Origin of working substance
First recorded in 1895–1900
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the fluid, esp water, steam, or compressed air, that operates an engine, refrigerator, etc
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