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Rankine cycle

noun, Thermodynamics
the hypothetical cycle of a steam engine in which all heat transfers take place at constant pressure and in which expansion and compression occur adiabatically.
Also called Clausius cycle.
Origin of Rankine cycle
1895-1900; named after W. J. M. Rankine Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Rankine cycle

Rankine cycle

the thermodynamic cycle in steam engines by which water is pumped into a boiler at one end and the steam is condensed at the other
Word Origin
C19: named after W. J. M. Rankine (1820–72), Scottish physicist
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