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cylindernoun [C]

uk   /ˈsɪl.ɪn.dər/ us   /ˈsɪl.ɪn.dɚ/
  • cylinder noun [C] (ENGINE PART)

the tube-shaped device, found especially in an engine, inside which the part of the engine that causes the fuel to produce power moves up and down: a six-cylinder engine
(Definition of cylinder from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cylindernoun [C]

us   /ˈsɪl·ən·dər/
  • cylinder noun [C] (SHAPE)

geometry a solid that has long straight sides and circular ends of equal size, or a hollow object shaped like this and often used as a container: Inside a roll of paper towels there’s a cardboard cylinder.
  • cylinder noun [C] (ENGINE PART)

the tube-shaped part of an engine inside of which the piston (= part that causes the fuel to produce power) moves up and down: The engine isn’t firing on all its cylinders.
cylindrical
adjective us   /səˈlɪn·drɪ·kəl/
geometry cylindrical structures
(Definition of cylinder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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