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An engine in which one or more pistons move up and down in cylinders; a piston engine.
- ‘The recent invention of the Parsons steam turbine had suddenly rendered reciprocating engines obsolete for liners and battleships, and the firm of Maudslay, Sons and Field had collapsed, and with it, much of Alfred Maudslay's income.’
- ‘Her sister ship Megantic, which also entered service in 1909, was driven by two quadruple-expansion reciprocating engines, but Laurentic was soon outperforming her in both speed and economy.’
- ‘This encourages us to constantly consider alternatives, such as the employment of a reciprocating engine in lieu of a turbine for power generation.’
- ‘C.A. Parsons produced a small one of 6 h.p. in 1884; soon turbines were applied commonly for maritime use in preference to reciprocating engines, and later they were commonly used in power stations.’
- ‘Although fuel cells, wind turbines and photovoltaic panels are not likely to replace diesel, natural gas or dual-fuel reciprocating engines any time soon, a growing number of organizations are investigating the possibilities.’
- ‘Gas turbine engines have a great power-to-weight ratio compared to reciprocating engines.’
- ‘In some areas, the cost of diesel fuel and the less stringent pollution controls will allow for the use of diesel-fired reciprocating engines as a primary power source.’
- ‘Tried and trusted technologies, including reciprocating engines and microturbines also offer options.’
- ‘However, the 1.3 litres is not quite correct, as you cannot calculate the capacity as you would a normal reciprocating engine, each piston having three ‘cylinders’ that it sweeps every revolution.’
- ‘They even had special reciprocating engines so that there would be no vibrations.’
reciprocating engine/rəˈsiprəˌkādiNG ˈenjən/
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