nicolas carnot

Carnot

[kahr-noh; French kar-noh]
noun
1.
Lazare Nicolas Marguerite [la-zar nee-kaw-lah mar-guh-reet] , 1753–1823, French general and statesman.
2.
(Marie François) Sadi [muh-ree fran-swah sad-ee; French ma-ree frahn-swa sa-dee] , 1837–94, French statesman: president of the Republic 1887–94.
3.
Nicolas Léonard Sadi [nik-uh-luhs len-erd sad-ee; French nee-kaw-lah ley-aw-nar sa-dee] , 1796–1832, French physicist: pioneer in the field of thermodynamics.
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Carnot (ˈkɑːnəʊ, French karno)
 
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1.  Lazare (Nicolas Marguerite) (lazar), known as the Organizer of Victory. 1753--1823, French military engineer and administrator: organized the French Revolutionary army (1793--95)
2.  Nicolas Léonard Sadi (nikɔlɑ leɔnar sadi). 1796--1832, French physicist, whose work formed the basis for the second law of thermodynamics, enunciated in 1850; author of Réflexions sur la puissance motrice du feu (1824).

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Carnot   (kär-nō')  Pronunciation Key 
French physicist and engineer who founded the science of thermodynamics. He was the first to analyze the working cycle and efficiency of the steam engine according to scientific principles. Through his experiments Carnot developed what would become the second law of thermodynamics and laid the foundation for work by Kelvin, Joule, and others.
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