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TURBINE

Originally a turbine was a high-speed water-wheel consisting of a horizontal wheel usually constructed with a series of curved floats upon the periphery and driven by a column of water falling into its interior and escaping through oblique channels so as to impel the wheel in the opposite direction. Now, the term turbine is applied to any rotary machine in which a revolving wheel, or a cylinder or disk bearing vanes, is driven by a flow of water, steam, gas, wind, etc, especially such an engine used to generate electrical power.
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