Wankel-engine meaning

vängkəl, 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.
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A rotary internal-combustion engine having a three-lobed rotor and requiring fewer parts than a comparable piston-operated engine: it is less efficient and less powerful than reciprocating engines.
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A rotary internal combustion engine, without pistons, using instead an epitrochoid-shaped housing.
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Origin of wankel-engine

  • After Felix Wankel (1902–1988), German engineer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the inventor, engineer Felix Wankel

    From Wiktionary