One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A machine for producing continuous power in which a wheel or rotor, typically fitted with vanes, is made to revolve by a fast-moving flow of water, steam, gas, air, or other fluid.
- ‘The din of helicopter blades and the roar of jet engines and naval turbines can herald war as surely as gunshots and explosions.’
- ‘That heat can produce steam which can turn turbines to generate electricity.’
- ‘General Electric is already the biggest maker of turbines for power plants.’
- ‘The heat is not wasted but is used to make steam that drives a turbine that generates electricity.’
- ‘As we headed south across the keel towards the bow, we swam over the turbines in the exposed engine-room.’
- ‘It uses the flow of water to turn a miniature turbine that creates an electric spark that lights the pilot.’
- ‘The devices made by the students included wind and water-powered turbines and solar water heaters.’
- ‘They can be cut and burnt to produce steam to power turbines.’
- ‘Water power will again turn the mill wheel and drive the turbine to provide electricity to light the building.’
- ‘The machine uses wind power to drive a turbine that sucks water out of the sea, sprays it into the atmosphere and creates clouds.’
- ‘Usually, you just use heat to heat up water, which turns into steam that turned a turbine.’
- ‘He said the bridge would be equipped with tidal turbines, powered by the force of the sea, to generate electricity.’
- ‘Plastic is used for the turbine and compressor wheels, which have low inertia and mass.’
- ‘Unfortunately there was enough hot air in it to power a turbine.’
- ‘This heat can be used to boil water, producing steam to run a turbine that turns an electric generator.’
- ‘The sound of the rotary is unmistakably unique, somewhere between a jet engine and a turbine.’
- ‘The dam made hydroelectric power possible by forcing water through giant turbines.’
- ‘These new turbines produce 3MW of power each making them the most powerful yet.’
- ‘The steam that made the turbine rotate is condensed back into water and is recycled to the heat exchanger.’
- ‘After powering the turbines, the steam is condensed back into liquid by the cooling tower.’
Mid 19th century: from French, from Latin turbo, turbin- ‘spinning top, whirl’.
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