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

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In 1970 Gary Gabelich went faster still, using rocket power rather than a jet engine. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 And jet engines could melt the ash particles, coating compressor blades and turbines. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "There's a code red for Hawaii volcano because falling ash, vog could harm humans, aircraft," 16 May 2018 The engine that failed so catastrophically on a Boeing 737 plane operated by Southwest Airlines this week is not the only jet engine model with problems that have caught the eye of safety officials. Christine Negroni, New York Times, "Engine on Southwest Jet Not the Only One to Develop Cracks," 19 Apr. 2018 The post-war aerospace industry was being built with jet engines and rocket motors. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 Its ultimate 135,000-brake horsepower will be generated by two sources of power: a Rolls-Royce Eurofighter jet engine and a cluster of rockets from Norwegian aerospace company Nammo. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Rocket car won’t break 1,000 miles per hour unless company raises $33 million," 15 Oct. 2018 More From CIO Journal The move combines the industrial conglomerate’s Pratt & Whitney jet engine unit and aviation services business, as well as its recently closed $23 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "United Technologies CDO Backs Effort to Train Female Coders," 12 Feb. 2019 When a country is prepared to cut an entire submarine in half lengthways, studying old fighter jet engines doesn’t sound so farfetched. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Taiwan is Reverse-Engineering Fighter Jet Engines To Power a Cruise Missile," 3 Jan. 2019 The company’s aviation business, which produces jet engines, remains the brightest spot amid healthy demand for its latest engine model from airplane makers like Boeing Co. and Airbus. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Slashes Dividend, Discloses Criminal Probe; Shares Sink," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of jet engine

1933, in the meaning defined above

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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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