jet engine

noun

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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Explosions in Kilauea's crater sparked an aviation red alert due to risks the ash plume could blow into aircraft routes and damage jet engines. Author: Terray Sylvester, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Ballistic blocks’ shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions," 17 May 2018 Airborne breakups of such ancillary parts typically haven’t been considered in safety analyses or mandatory certification standards for modern jet engines. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Expands Engine Checks After Southwest Accident," 21 June 2018 What if the slightest misalignment of a tiny tube in a jet engine could cause a fatal catastrophe? Roma Agrawal, New York Times, "Under Modernity’s Hood: Precision Engineering," 14 May 2018 Still, modern jet engines are a paragon of reliability. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Airlines Check Their Engines for the Flaw That Hit Southwest Flight 1380," 19 Apr. 2018 Metal weakness like the fatigue found in a jet engine that exploded during a Southwest Airlines Co. flight on Tuesday can lie hidden for years and elude detection with even the most advanced technology. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Metal weakness like the fatigue in Southwest plane's engine can lie hidden for years," 19 Apr. 2018 The tariffs total more than $30 billion and are on a wide range of Chinese goods, including jet engines and dishwasher parts. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "News stories you may have missed during family separations uproar," 22 June 2018 The roar of jet engines has never been a desirable neighborhood feature, which is why homes located near major airports and under low-lying flight paths often sell for a discount. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "Affluent—and Angry—Homeowners Raise Ruckus Over Roar of Overhead Planes," 5 July 2018 The facility, called Diamond Light Source, is one of the most powerful and sophisticated X-ray facilities in the world, used to probe everything from viruses to jet engines. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of jet engine

1933, in the meaning defined above

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jet engine

noun

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

jet engine

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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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