heat engine

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heat engine

n.
A device that converts heat energy into work.

heat engine

n
(General Physics) an engine that converts heat energy into mechanical energy

heat′ en`gine


n.
a mechanical device designed to transform part of the heat entering it into work.
[1890–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heat engine - any engine that makes use of heat to do workheat engine - any engine that makes use of heat to do work
engine - motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
external-combustion engine - a heat engine in which ignition occurs outside the chamber (cylinder or turbine) in which heat is converted to mechanical energy
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
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