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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The decision comes days after a Chicago federal judge rejected a motion to dismiss an indictment accusing Firtash of a conspiracy to pay bribes in India to mine titanium, used in jet engines. NBC News, "Austrian court says Ukrainian oligarch with ties to Manafort can be sent to U.S.," 25 June 2019 The jet engines, still operational, would roar for hours until the fuel ran out. Miles Blumhardt, The Denver Post, "Jaryd Atadero disappeared on hike near Fort Collins 20 years ago. His father has been looking for answers ever since.," 9 June 2019 Concentrated bird populations are dangerous next to airports because the birds can fly into jet engines. Mark Stevenson, Fox News, "Protesters: New Mexico City airport will hurt environment," 23 Aug. 2018 He was employed as a jet engine inspector for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company for forty years, retiring in 2009.He is survived by his sisters Laurie, Linda, and Vicki, and her husband, Pete., "Robert V. Renzoni," 6 June 2019 Case in point: The Dyson Airwrap, a hair styling tool that delivers a whole range of looks — bouncier blowouts, longer-lasting curls, and frizz-smoothing flat-ironing — with technology borrowed from jet engines, of all things. Allure, "The 5 Most Innovative Beauty Product Launches of 2019, According to Allure Readers," 14 May 2019 The Air Force, in particular, was an engine of creativity that ushered in an age of jet engines, satellites, intercontinental ballistic missiles and concepts that led to space exploration and global communications networks. Heather Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "Op-Ed: USAF Secretary on the Future of Science and Tech in the Air Force," 18 Apr. 2019 Given the average emissions involved with powering the US grid, the emissions involved with powering an electric aircraft (including losses during transmission) would be about 20 percent higher than those generated by a modern, efficient jet engine. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "When will electric airliners make sense?," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of jet engine

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jet engine was in 1933

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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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