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.


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Re*cip"ro*cate, v. t.

To give and return mutually; to make return for; to give in return; to unterchange; to alternate; as, to reciprocate favors.



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