- The definition of a turbine is an engine that provides continuous power because a wheel or a rotor is continually turning due to pressure from fast moving water, gas or steam.
An engine powered by water pressure causing a wheel to turn that allows you to run your dairy machine is an example of a turbine.
Origin of turbineFrench ; from Classical Latin turbo, whirl: see turbinate
Origin of turbineFrench, from Latin turbō, turbin-, spinning top, perhaps from Greek turbē, turmoil.
top: impulse turbine
bottom: reaction turbine