Meaning of Carnot cycle

Carnot' cy"cle

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— Thermodynam. Thermodynam.
  1. an ideal cycle of reversible engine operations in which a substance at one temperature is compressed adiabatically to a second temperature, expanded isothermally at the second temperature, expanded adiabatically from the second temperature to the first temperature, and compressed isothermally at the first temperature.
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