Air cylinder



a cylinder containing air, especially one equipped with a piston and used as a device for checking the recoil of a gun.
Historical Examples

The air cylinder was water-jacketed with salt water supplied from the circulating water pumps.
Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. LXVIII, Sept. 1910 B. H. M. Hewett

The two pistons move simultaneously, and the resistance in the air cylinder rapidly increases as the air is compressed.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 799, April 25, 1891 Various

The fast-moving train is stopped by an air brake, and the locomotive bell is rung by touching an air cylinder.
Inventions in the Century William Henry Doolittle

The air cylinder is provided with a tail rod tube through which all the air is admitted into the cylinder.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 799, April 25, 1891 Various

The chief point of interest is to be found in the arrangement of the details of the air cylinder.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5 Various

A wet compressor is that which introduces water directly into the air cylinder during compression.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 799, April 25, 1891 Various

It will be seen that the air cylinder is horizontal, and it is arranged to work in tandem with the gas motor cylinder.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5 Various

Above the air cylinder are two distinct air chambers, each having two induction or receiving valves, which cushion on rubbers.
Scientific American, Vol. XXXVII.–No. 2. [New Series.], July 14, 1877 Various

The air cylinder and steam cylinder lubricators were of the same kind, except that no condensers were necessary.
Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Vol. LXVIII, Sept. 1910 B. H. M. Hewett

The aid of an air cylinder is further called in, through which a pressure is exerted balancing the wings.
Appletons’ Popular Science Monthly, April 1899 Various

noun
a cylinder containing air, esp one fitted with a piston and used for damping purposes

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