internal combustion engine


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

Examples of internal combustion engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, no internal combustion engine, no fuel tank, no exhaust pipe. New York Times, 31 Oct. 2021 Several other companies have mapped out similar plans to ditch the internal combustion engine, including Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and Honda. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2021 If the battery and electric motor(s) weight is close to the same as an internal combustion engine, its gearbox and full fuel tank, Lotus will have a sports car perhaps comparable to super sports cars that weigh just over 3000 pounds. Mark Ewing, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The claimants had given Volkswagen eight weeks to consider their demands, which included ending production of internal combustion engine cars by 2030 and reducing carbon emissions by at least 65% from 2018 levels by then, before filing the suit. Reuters, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 In addition to being backed by warranty, hybrid technology has proven reliable, and as mentioned earlier, maintenance and repair costs tend to be less for hybrids than their ICE (internal combustion engine) counterparts. Chaya Milchtein, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Oct. 2021 Unique circumstances such as the acute semiconductor shortage, which limited supply of internal combustion engine cars (ICEs), are partly behind the high-water mark, as are logistical decisions peculiar to industry leader Tesla. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 8 Oct. 2021 Efforts to phase out the sales of new internal combustion engine cars for instance are likely to face objections from some European carmakers. New York Times, 13 July 2021 His first venture, VST Conversions, performed EV conversions on conventional internal combustion engine cars. Jason Fogelson, Forbes, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of internal combustion engine

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of internal combustion engine was in 1884

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14 Jan 2022

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“Internal combustion engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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