Meaning of STEAM ENGINE in English



1. : an engine driven or worked by steam ; specifically : a reciprocating engine consisting essentially of a piston driven in a closed cylinder by steam at a pressure initially much greater than that of the atmosphere and usually connected rigidly by a piston rod to a crosshead whose reciprocating motion is usually converted into rotary motion by a connecting rod, crankpin, crank, and crankshaft — compare steam turbine

2. : locomotive

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