tur·bine (tûrbin, -bin′)
Any of various machines in which the kinetic energy of a moving fluid is converted to mechanical power by the impulse or reaction of the fluid with a series of buckets, paddles, or blades arrayed about the circumference of a wheel or cylinder.
[French, fromLatinturbō, turbin-, spinning top, perhaps fromGreekturbe, turmoil.]
(click for a larger image)turbine
top: impulse turbine
bottom: reaction turbine
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