Meaning of Rankine cycle

Ran'kine cy"cle

Pronunciation: [key]
— Thermodynam. Thermodynam.
  1. the hypothetical cycle of a steam engine in which all heat transfers take place at constant pressure and in which expansion and compression occur adiabatically. Also called
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