jet engine


Definition of jet engine

: an engine that produces motion as a result of the rearward discharge of a jet of fluid specifically : an airplane engine that uses atmospheric oxygen to burn fuel and produces a rearward discharge of heated air and exhaust gases — see airplane illustration

Examples of jet engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But what, exactly, would the lucky raffle winner do with a wide-body jet engine passenger aircraft? Matt Rivers, CNN, "Mexico's president has his own plane. So why is he flying commercial to meet Trump?," 6 July 2020 The idea to combine the efficiency of a jet engine with the power of a rocket motor isn’t new, but historically these systems have only been combined in stages. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Rocket Motor of the Future Breathes Air Like a Jet Engine," 26 June 2020 The change adds an element of uncertainty at an already challenging time for GE’s jet engine division, one of the strongest performers for the Boston company in recent years. Richard Clough,, "GE aviation taps Embraer’s John Slattery to replace retiring CEO," 15 June 2020 Teague, a former jet engine designer at GE who changed careers, has been chief in Bethel for a year. Dan Horn, USA TODAY, "'It got ugly': What happened when Black Lives Matter protests came to small town Ohio," 15 June 2020 Ars tested the game on a PS4 Pro, which often whirred like a jet engine to keep up. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The Last of Us Part 2 review: A less confident, less focused sequel," 12 June 2020 That includes cutting as many as 13,000 jobs in its jet engine business. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for May 5: Coronavirus, White House, contact tracing, retail, Amazon," 5 May 2020 The son of an Air Force jet engine mechanic, Father Powell discovered Catholicism in eighth grade and entered the priesthood in 2003. New York Times, "How a Jesuit Priest in Quarantine Spends His Sundays," 10 Apr. 2020 In 1992, the company’s aircraft engine division pleaded guilty to defrauding the Pentagon of $42 million and giving the money to an Israeli general to win jet engine orders. Washington Post, "Jack Welch, corporate America’s ‘manager of the century,’ dies at 84," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of jet engine

1933, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jul 2020

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“Jet engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jet engine

: an engine in which a very strong stream of heated air and gases shoots out from the rear of the engine and pushes the engine forward

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Kids Definition of jet engine

: an engine in which fuel burns to produce a rush of heated air and gases that shoot out from the rear and drive the engine forward

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