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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Reciprocate  \Re*cip"ro*cate\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Reciprocated};  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.  --Dryden. 
  {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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  moving  alternately  backward  and  forward  [syn:  {reciprocatory}] 

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