jet engine

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of jet engine

1933


JET ENGINE Defined for English Language Learners

jet engine

noun

Definition of jet engine for English Language Learners

  • : 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


JET ENGINE Defined for Kids

jet engine

noun

Definition of jet engine for Students

: 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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