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cylindernoun [C]

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

a ​solid or ​hollowtube with ​longstraightsides and two ​circularends the same ​size, or an ​objectshaped like this, often used as a ​container: Deep-sea ​diverscarry cylinders of ​oxygen on ​theirbacks.
  • cylinder noun [C] (ENGINE PART)

the tube-shaped ​device, ​foundespecially in an ​engine, inside which the ​part of the ​engine that ​causes the ​fuel to ​producepowermoves 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 ​longstraightsides and ​circularends of ​equalsize, or a ​hollowobjectshaped like this and often used as a ​container: Inside a ​roll of ​papertowels 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 ​producepower) 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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