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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ee-ol-uh-pahyl]
    • /iˈɒl əˌpaɪl/
    • /ˈiːəlˌɪpaɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ee-ol-uh-pahyl]
    • /iˈɒl əˌpaɪl/

Definitions of aeolipile word

  • noun aeolipile a device illustrating the reactive forces of a gas jet: usually a spherical vessel mounted so as to rotate and equipped with angled exit pipes from which steam within it escapes 3
  • noun aeolipile a round vessel caused to rotate by the force of tangentially escaping steam: an early example of jet propulsion. 1
  • noun aeolipile a device for injecting the vapors of heated alcohol into a laboratory furnace. 1
  • noun aeolipile A steam engine powered by rocket propulsion due to escaping steam; which consists of a pressure vessel mounted on a bearing, with one or more tubes which exhaust steam tangentially to the rotation axis thus creating rotation. 1

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Origin of aeolipile

First appearance:

before 1650
One of the 45% oldest English words
1650-60; < Latin aeolīpilae balls of Aeolus, alteration of aeolīpylae gates of Aeolus, equivalent to Aeolī (genitive singular of Aeolus) + pylae, plural of pyla < Greek pýlē gate

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Parts of speech for Aeolipile


aeolipile popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 71% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

aeolipile usage trend in Literature

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