combustion engine


: an engine that derives its motive force from the energy of combustion

Examples of combustion engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By turning off the combustion engine, resisting the tarmac temptation and abiding by centuries-old ways of the river, the town is a real time experiment in how to navigate an increasingly uncertain world where unruly climate change is overturning the rules of sustainable urban habitability. Mac Margolis, NPR, 12 May 2024 Like its peers, Aston Martin has spent recent years outlining a plan to phase out the combustion engine by the end of the decade as part of its transition to making all-electric vehicles. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2024 Beginning with the Misano E Prix in Italy, and on through Berlin, Shanghai, Portland, and London, Formula E will look and feel more and more like what fans have long come to expect with combustion engine racing. Maury Brown, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Consumers are turning back to either traditional combustion engine cars or hybrids over concerns about battery resilience and range. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 15 Mar. 2024 However, going electric also poses a unique set of challenges on a continent where only about half of the population is on the electricity grid and the price difference between a combustion engine car and an EV can amount to a year’s wages. Lenny Rashid Ruvaga, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Mar. 2024 Seeing the lukewarm uptake of EVs, automakers—especially the ones who also make traditional combustion engine cars, such as Mercedes Benz, Ford and Aston Martin—decided to pull the brakes on EV production till consumers are ready to buy them again. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 4 Mar. 2024 Ford Blue, the company’s combustion engine unit, posted pretax earnings of $813 million during the fourth quarter, $736 million less than in 2022. Tom Krisher, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2024 The hybrid system is made up of the Motor Generator Unit (MGU) and Energy Storage System (ESS), both of which fit inside the bellhousing located between the combustion engine and the gearbox. Bruce Martin, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of combustion engine was in 1886

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“Combustion engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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