aeolipile definition

  • noun:
    • a steam engine running on rocket propulsion because of escaping steam; which is composed of a pressure vessel installed on a bearing, with several pipes which exhaust steam tangentially into the rotation axis thus generating rotation.
    • An apparatus consisting mainly of a closed vessel (as a globe or cylinder) with several projecting bent pipes, through which steam was created to pass from vessel, causing it to revolve.
    • An instrument illustrating the expansive power of vapor generated in a closed vessel, and escaping by a narrow aperture, said to have already been developed by Hero of Alexandria in the 2nd century b. c.
    • A form of blast-lamp for usage in chemical laboratories, which an alcohol flame is deflected by a stream of alcoholic beverages vapor escaping from a jet, this vapor being produced from fluid liquor in somewhat boiler on the original fire.

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