Stirling engine

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Stirling engine

n.
A heat engine driven by a permanently enclosed gas that expands and contracts as it is alternately heated and cooled by an external source of heat and a heat exchanger.

[After the Reverend Robert Stirling (1790-1878), Scottish clergyman and engineer who invented it.]
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Stirling engine

n
(Mechanical Engineering) an external-combustion engine that uses air or an inert gas as the working fluid operating on a highly efficient thermodynamic cycle (the Stirling cycle)
[named after Robert Stirling (1790–1878), Scottish minister who invented it]
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Thousands of Stirling cryocoolers are being manufactured each year, in sizes as small as a typical soda pop can.
In the common missile guidance application, for example, the Stirling cryocoolers for the infrared guidance electronics have to perform only as long as their hosts, the missiles.