stationary engine

noun
an engine mounted in a fixed position, as one used for driving generators, compressors, etc.

Origin:
1830–40

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stationary engine
 
n
an engine that remains in a fixed position, esp one in a building that drives generators or other machinery
 
stationary engineer
 
n

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It has a stationary engine, using warping ropes to drag the shares through the furrows.
Their weight often made it necessary to rebuild foundations at stationary engine sheds.
Then, with steam from the stationary engine, the fire started.
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