heat pump

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heat pump

n.
A device that warms or cools a building by transferring heat from a relatively low-temperature reservoir to one at a higher temperature.

heat pump

n
(Mechanical Engineering) a device, as used in a refrigerator, for extracting heat from a source and delivering it elsewhere at a much higher temperature

heat′ pump`


n.
a device that uses a compressible refrigerant to transfer heat in a reversible process from one body, as the ground, air, or water, to another body, as a building.
[1890–95]
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Noun1.heat pump - apparatus that extracts heat from a liquid that is at a higher temperature than its surroundings; can be used to transfer heat from a reservoir outside in order to heat a building
apparatus, setup - equipment designed to serve a specific function
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