Wankel engine

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Wan·kel engine

 (väng′kəl, wäng′-, wăng′-)
A rotary internal-combustion engine in which a triangular rotor turning in a specially shaped housing performs the functions allotted to the pistons of a conventional engine, thereby allowing great savings in weight and moving parts.

[After Felix Wankel (1902-1988), German engineer.]
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Wankel engine

(Automotive Engineering) a type of four-stroke internal-combustion engine without reciprocating parts. It consists of one or more approximately elliptical combustion chambers within which a curved triangular-shaped piston rotates, by the explosion of compressed gas, dividing the combustion chamber into three gastight sections
[C20: named after Felix Wankel (1902–88), German engineer who invented it]
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Wan′kel en′gine

(ˈwɑŋ kəl, ˈwæŋ-)
an internal-combustion rotary engine with a triangular rotor that revolves in a chamber.
[after Felix Wankel (1902–88), German engineer, its inventor]
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Noun1.Wankel engine - a rotary engine that is a four-stroke internal-combustion engine without reciprocating partsWankel engine - a rotary engine that is a four-stroke internal-combustion engine without reciprocating parts
rotary engine - an internal-combustion engine in which power is transmitted directly to rotating components
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