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triple-expansion

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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Having the expansion from initial to final pressure in three steps or stages: used of steam in a steam-engine or of an engine itself in which the steam expands continuously in three cylinders of successively increasing volume, or in which more than three cylinders cause the steam to expand progressively, the exhaust from one being the driving steam for the next in series, in three such processes of expansion.

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