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noun 
  1. (geometry) A surface created by projecting a closed two-dimensional curve along an axis intersecting the plane of the curve.
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.
  1. (geometry) A solid figure bounded by a cylinder and two parallel planes intersecting the cylinder.
  2. Any object in the form of a circular cylinder.
    • 1898 " w:H. G. Wells, H. G. Wells, http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds The War of the Worlds Ch.4
    • :A big greyish rounded bulk, the size, perhaps, of a bear, was rising slowly and painfully out of the .
      1. A cylindrical cavity or chamber in a mechanism, such as the counterpart to a piston found in a piston-driven engine.
      2. A container in the form of a cylinder with rounded ends for storing pressurized gas.
      3. An early form of phonograph recording, made on a wax cylinder.
Translations: 
  • French: cylindre
  • German: Rolle , Zylinder
    (trans-mid)
  • Italian: cilindro
    (trans-mid)
  • Spanish: cilindro
    (trans-bottom) (trans-top, recording)
  • Dutch: cilinder , cylinder

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