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Cylinder and Prism Definitions

Cylinder

The surface generated by a straight line intersecting and moving along a closed plane curve, the directrix, while remaining parallel to a fixed straight line that is not on or parallel to the plane of the directrix.

Prism

A solid figure whose bases or ends have the same size and shape and are parallel to one another, and each of whose sides is a parallelogram.

Cylinder

The portion of such a surface bounded by two parallel planes and the regions of the planes bounded by the surface.

Prism

A transparent body of this form, often of glass and usually with triangular ends, used for separating white light passed through it into a spectrum or for reflecting beams of light.

Cylinder

A solid bounded by two parallel planes and such a surface, especially such a surface having a circle as its directrix.
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Prism

A cut-glass object, such as a pendant of a chandelier.

Cylinder

A cylindrical container or object.

Prism

A crystal form consisting of three or more similar faces parallel to a single axis.

Cylinder

The chamber in which a piston of a reciprocating engine moves.

Prism

A medium that misrepresents whatever is seen through it.
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Cylinder

The chamber of a pump from which fluid is expelled by a piston.

Prism

(geometry) A polyhedron with parallel ends of the same size and shape, the other faces being parallelogram-shaped sides.

Cylinder

The rotating chamber of a revolver that holds the cartridges.

Prism

A transparent block in the shape of a prism (typically with triangular ends), used to split or reflect light.

Cylinder

Any of several rotating parts in a printing press, especially one that carries the paper.

Prism

A crystal in which the faces are parallel to the vertical axis.

Cylinder

(Archaeology)A cylindrical stone or clay object with an engraved design or inscription.

Prism

A solid whose bases or ends are any similar, equal, and parallel plane figures, and whose sides are parallelograms.

Cylinder

(geometry) A surface created by projecting a closed two-dimensional curve along an axis intersecting the plane of the curve. Category:en:Surfaces
When the two-dimensional curve is a circle, the cylinder is called a circular cylinder. When the axis is perpendicular to the plane of the curve, the cylinder is called a right cylinder. In non-mathematical usage, both right and circular are usually implied.

Prism

A transparent body, with usually three rectangular plane faces or sides, and two equal and parallel triangular ends or bases; - used in experiments on refraction, dispersion, etc.

Cylinder

(geometry) A solid figure bounded by a cylinder and two parallel planes intersecting the cylinder.

Prism

A polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces (the bases) and whose lateral faces are parallelograms

Cylinder

Any object in the form of a circular cylinder.

Prism

Optical device having a triangular shape and made of glass or quartz; used to deviate a beam or invert an image

Cylinder

A cylindrical cavity or chamber in a mechanism, such as the counterpart to a piston found in a piston-driven engine.

Cylinder

(automotive) The space in which a piston travels inside a reciprocating engine or pump.

Cylinder

A container in the form of a cylinder with rounded ends for storing pressurized gas; a gas cylinder.

Cylinder

An early form of phonograph recording, made on a wax cylinder.

Cylinder

The part of a revolver that contains chambers for the cartridges.

Cylinder

(computing) The corresponding tracks on a vertical arrangement of disks in a disk drive considered as a unit of data capacity.

Cylinder

(transitive) To calender; to press (paper, etc.) between rollers to make it glossy.

Cylinder

A solid body which may be generated by the rotation of a parallelogram round one its sides; or a body of rollerlike form, of which the longitudinal section is oblong, and the cross section is circular.

Cylinder

Any hollow body of cylindrical form

Cylinder

The revolving square prism carrying the cards in a Jacquard loom.

Cylinder

A cylindrical container for oxygen or compressed air

Cylinder

A solid bounded by a cylindrical surface and two parallel planes (the bases)

Cylinder

A surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line

Cylinder

A chamber within which piston moves

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