com·​bus·​tor kəm-ˈbə-stər How to pronounce combustor (audio)
: a chamber (as in a gas turbine or a jet engine) in which combustion occurs

called also combustion chamber

Examples of combustor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Would the combustor sustain a flame when 95 percent of the fuel mix is CO2? David Wagman, IEEE Spectrum, 30 May 2018 Catalytic stoves use a combustor for even better efficiency, whereas non-catalytic stoves use a series of air tubes, which is slightly less efficient. Hannah Jones, Country Living, 29 Sep. 2022 That combustor, still painted red from its U. days, is now in the San Rafael center, and Fry has a $5 million DOE grant to continue the research. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 July 2022 Collectively, these 200-blade rotors—each molded from a single piece of carbon fiber and each fitted with its own combustor, turbine, and reduction gear—would generate in excess of 130,000 pounds of thrust. David W. Freeman, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2021 At the center of each fan, is a combustor where fuel would mix with the bleed air and ignite. David W. Freeman, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2021 Schmitt said the oxygen would be combined with coal into a stream of carbon dioxide and water inside a combustor. Randy Diamond,, 12 Aug. 2019 But the bulk of the carbon dioxide is reheated in the heat exchanger and used again in the combustor. David Roberts, Vox, 1 June 2018 Pratt is rolling out fixes this year for durability issues affecting a carbon seal and combustor. Richard Clough,, 22 Aug. 2017

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Word History


combust + -or entry 1

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of combustor was in 1945

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“Combustor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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com·​bus·​tor kəm-ˈbəs-tər How to pronounce combustor (audio)
: a chamber (as in a jet engine) in which combustion occurs
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