reciprocating engine

noun
any engine employing the rectilinear motion of one or more pistons in cylinders.
Also called displacement engine, piston engine.


Origin:
1815–25

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reciprocating engine
 
n
an engine in which one or more pistons move backwards and forwards inside a cylinder or cylinders

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Example sentences
The reciprocating engine or gas turbine drive an electrical generator which
  produces electricity.
Another name for a reciprocating engine is an internal-combustion engine.
Biogas generated from the digester is burned in a reciprocating engine set.
Turbine or jet fuel is detrimental to the reciprocating engine and extended use
  of avgas can damage turbine engines.
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