Stirling engine

Stirling engine

noun
an external-combustion engine in which heat from outside the cylinders causes air confined in the cylinders to expand and drive the pistons.

Origin:
1895–1900; after Robert Stirling (died 1878), Scottish engineer

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Stirling engine
 
n
an external-combustion engine that uses air or an inert gas as the working fluid operating on a highly efficient thermodynamic cycle (the Stirling cycle)
 
[named after Robert Stirling (1790--1878), Scottish minister who invented it]

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