heat engine

noun Thermodynamics.
a mechanical device designed to transform part of the heat entering it into work.


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heat engine
an engine that converts heat energy into mechanical energy

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Example sentences
To produce any kind of useful propulsion energy from heat requires a heat
When the heat engine stops, the flexible shaft stops.
There are many ways to arrange that, but it all begins with a heat engine and
  the fuel used to make the heat.
Time is something measured by a clock, which is a heat engine that requires a
  free energy source.
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