Definition of Heat engine

1. Noun. Any engine that makes use of heat to do work.

Generic synonyms: Engine
Specialized synonyms: External-combustion Engine, Ice, Internal-combustion Engine



Definition of Heat engine

1. Noun. (thermodynamics) Any device which converts heat energy into mechanical work. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Heat Engine

heat barrier
heat capacities
heat capacity
heat coagulation test
heat content
heat cramp
heat cramps
heat death
heat death of the universe
heat deaths
heat detector
heat detectors
heat dissipation
heat dump
heat energy
heat engine (current term)
heat engines
heat exchanger
heat exchangers
heat exhaustion
heat flash
heat haze
heat hazes
heat hyperpyrexia
heat illness
heat index
heat indices
heat instability test
heat intolerance
heat lamp

Literary usage of Heat engine

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1. The Steam-engine and Other Heat-engines by James Alfred Ewing (1902)
"working direct, as a true heat-engine, and the other reversed, as what we might call a heat-pump—would result in a transfer of heat from the cold body G to ..."

2. The Steam-engine and Other Heat-engines by James Alfred Ewing (1897)
"working direct, as a true heat-engine, and the other reversed, ... In other words, when the source and receiver of heat are given a reversible heat-engine ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"... it is customary to think of the conversion as being performed by a suitable type of heat-engine; for this conception helps to make the problem definite, ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"The practical drawbacks to employing air as the working substance of a heat-engine are so great that its use has been very limited. ..."

5. Thermodynamics of the Steam-engine and Other Heat-engines by Cecil Hobart Peabody (1898)
"THE steam-engine is, at the present time, the most important heat-engine. When of large size and properly designed and managed it has at least as good ..."

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