aeolipile


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ae·ol·i·pile

 (ē-ŏl′ə-pīl′)
n.
A device containing a usually spherical chamber or container, in which steam is heated and ejected through one or more narrow tubes to create propulsion or torque.

[French éolipyle, from Latin aeolipila : Aeolus, god of the winds; see Aeolus + pila, ball; akin to pilus, hair (Roman leather balls being stuffed with hair).]

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(General Physics) a device illustrating the reactive forces of a gas jet: usually a spherical vessel mounted so as to rotate and equipped with angled exit pipes from which steam within it escapes
[C17: from Latin aeolīpilae balls of Aeolus or aeolīpylae gates of Aeolus]
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The first documented effort to exploit this phenomenon to create mechanical motion is generally credited to Hero of Alexandria, who invented his aeolipile in the first century.
100, Hero of Alexandria described a simple steam turbine, the aeolipile, which revolved by jets of steam that issued forth through a pair of curved nozzles.