perpetual motion

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perpetual motion

n.
The hypothetical continuous operation of an isolated mechanical device or other closed system without a sustaining energy source.

perpetual motion

n
1. Also called: perpetual motion of the first kind motion of a hypothetical mechanism that continues indefinitely without any external source of energy. It is impossible in practice because of friction
2. Also called: perpetual motion of the second kind motion of a hypothetical mechanism that derives its energy from a source at a lower temperature. It is impossible in practice because of the second law of thermodynamics

perpet′ual mo′tion


n.
the motion of a theoretical mechanism that, without any losses due to friction or other forms of dissipation of energy, would continue to operate indefinitely at the same rate without any external energy being applied to it.
[1585–95]
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Noun1.perpetual motion - motion that continues indefinitely without any external source of energyperpetual motion - motion that continues indefinitely without any external source of energy; impossible in practice because of friction
motion - a state of change; "they were in a state of steady motion"
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