reciprocating engine

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re·cip·ro·cat·ing engine

An engine whose crankshaft is turned by pistons moving up and down in a cylinder.

reciprocating engine

(Mechanical Engineering) an engine in which one or more pistons move backwards and forwards inside a cylinder or cylinders

recip′rocating en`gine

any engine employing the rectilinear motion of one or more pistons in cylinders.
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Noun1.reciprocating engine - an internal-combustion engine in which the crankshaft is turned by pistons moving up and down in cylindersreciprocating engine - an internal-combustion engine in which the crankshaft is turned by pistons moving up and down in cylinders
crankcase - housing for a crankshaft
crankshaft - a rotating shaft driven by (or driving) a crank
cylinder block, engine block, block - a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; "the engine had to be replaced because the block was cracked"
internal-combustion engine, ICE - a heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine
piston, plunger - mechanical device that has a plunging or thrusting motion

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