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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In July, the company, known for commercial jet engines, unveiled an electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing concept at the biennial Farnborough Air Show in England. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The First Flying-Car Review," 12 Sep. 2018 Now investigators are looking into the plane and specifically the popular jet engine used on the Boeing 737 involved in the deadly incident: a CFM56-7B turbofan engine. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Investigators zero in on jet engine that failed on Southwest Airlines flight," 17 Apr. 2018 Green was set to add several hundred miles an hour to his existing record using this latest creation, which combined rocket power (using a hybrid engine from NAMMO) and a spare Rolls Royce EJ200 jet engine from a Eurofighter. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bad news for the 1,000mph car as Bloodhound SSC is shut down," 11 Dec. 2018 An emergency directive prompted by the Southwest Airlines engine failure means 681 jet engines worldwide must be inspected for signs of weakness in their fan blades, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "Southwest aftermath: FAA inspection rule affects 681 engines," 23 Apr. 2018 The incident raised a number of questions because jet engines are certified to be able to withstand a broken fan blade without causing major damage. Julie Johnsson And Alan Levin, BostonGlobe.com, "FAA is said to plan emergency engine checks after fatal accident," 20 Apr. 2018 Passenger Fatality The incident raised a number of questions because jet engines are certified to be able to withstand a broken fan blade without causing major damage. Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg.com, "FAA Orders Emergency Engine Checks After Southwest Fatality," 20 Apr. 2018 The accident raised questions because jet engines are certified to be able to withstand a broken fan blade without causing major damage. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "FAA orders emergency plane-engine inspections after fatal Southwest accident," 20 Apr. 2018 The Nommo Pro only comes in black and looks like an interesting mix between a security camera and a jet engine. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Nommo Pro speakers review: versatility comes at a price," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of jet engine

1933, in the meaning defined above

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jet engine

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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

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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