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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.]
(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]
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]