Reciprocating engine, a steam, air, or gas engine, etc., in which the piston moves back and forth; — in distinction from a rotary engine, in which the piston travels continuously in one direction in a circular path.Reciprocating motion(Mech.), motion alternately backward and forward, or up and down, as of a piston rod.

(Re*cip"ro*cate), v. t. To give and return mutually; to make return for; to give in return; to interchange; to alternate; as, to reciprocate favors. Cowper.

(Re*cip`ro*ca"tion) n. [L. reciprocatio: cf. F. réciprocation.]

1. The act of reciprocating; interchange of acts; a mutual giving and returning; as, the reciprocation of kindnesses.

2. Alternate recurrence or action; as, the reciprocation of the sea in the flow and ebb of tides. Sir T. Browne.

(Rec`i*proc"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. réciprocité. See Reciprocal.]

1. Mutual action and reaction.

2. Reciprocal advantages, obligations, or rights; reciprocation.

Reciprocity treaty, or Treaty of reciprocity, a treaty concluded between two countries, conferring equal privileges as regards customs or charges on imports, or in other respects.

Syn. — Reciprocation; interchange; mutuality.

(Re*cip`ro*cor"nous) a. [L. reciprocus returning, reciprocal + cornu horn.] (Zoöl.) Having horns turning backward and then forward, like those of a ram. [R.] Ash.

(Re*cip"ro*cous) a. Reciprocal. [Obs.]

(Rec"i*prok) a. [F. réciproque, L. reciprocus.] Reciprocal. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

(Rec"i*proque) a. & n. [F. réciproque.] Reciprocal. Bacon.

(Re*ci"sion) n. [L. recisio, fr. recidere, recisum, to cut off; pref. re- re- + caedere to cut.] The act of cutting off. Sherwood.

(Re*cit"al) n. [From Recite.]

1. The act of reciting; the repetition of the words of another, or of a document; rehearsal; as, the recital of testimony.

2. A telling in detail and due order of the particulars of anything, as of a law, an adventure, or a series of events; narration. Addison.

3. That which is recited; a story; a narration.

4. (Mus.) A vocal or instrumental performance by one person; — distinguished from concert; as, a song recital; an organ, piano, or violin recital.

Reciprocate to Recline

(Re*cip"ro*cate) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Reciprocated (- ka`ted); p. pr. & vb. n. Reciprocating.] [L. reciprocatus, p. p. of reciprocare. See Reciprocal.] To move forward and backward alternately; to recur in vicissitude; to act interchangeably; to alternate.

One brawny smith the puffing bellows plies,
And draws and blows reciprocating air.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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