internal combustion engine

noun

Definition of internal combustion engine

: a heat engine in which the combustion that generates the heat takes place inside the engine proper instead of in a furnace

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That’s because batteries and motors are far simpler machines than internal combustion engines, and require a few hundred parts instead of a few thousand. Wired, "The Shift to Electric Vehicles Propels a Strike Against GM," 17 Sep. 2019 But the powertrain plays a part as well: the front and rear MGUs both have 2ms response times, which Porsche says is five times faster than its internal combustion engines. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Everything you wanted to know about Porsche’s new electric car," 4 Sep. 2019 The excitement of speed – attained by the new-fangled internal combustion engine – represented the spirit of the age, speeding away from the past. K.n.c., The Economist, "The radical politics of futurists and fascists—and us, here, today," 19 July 2019 Electric cars actually predate the internal combustion engine, and have been around since before the US Civil War. Gene Berdichevsky For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "The electric car revolution will require us to build better batteries," 14 Aug. 2019 By 1917, there were only 50,000 electric vehicles registered, compared with 3.5 million internal combustion engine cars. Dan Albert, Vox, "Driverless cars are coming. We’ll miss the thrill of the ride.," 21 June 2019 The same goes for other prewar land speed record challengers with their rubber tires and internal combustion engines. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 Instead of an internal combustion engine, each axle sports its own asynchronous electric motor, each of which features a cooling lance running through it. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 The internal combustion engine is under attack from electric challengers. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "The Car Industry Is Under Siege," 6 June 2019

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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internal combustion engine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of internal combustion engine

: a type of engine that is used for most vehicles : an engine in which the fuel is burned within engine cylinders

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