noun af·ter·burn·ing \ˈaf-tər-ˌbər-niŋ\

Definition of afterburning

  1. 1 :  the combustion that proceeds in an internal-combustion engine after the maximum pressure of explosion has occurred

  2. 2 :  the use of an afterburner —called also reheat

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Origin and Etymology of afterburning

after- + 2burning

First Known Use: 1886

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to cast off or become cast off

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