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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On that plane, also a 737-700, a fan blade on a jet engine snapped off and sent debris slamming into the fuselage, NTSB investigators determined. Julie Johnsson,, "Southwest rushes engine checks amid first-of-its-kind crisis," 18 Apr. 2018 Last month, it was fined $5.3 million for failing to properly address problems with a jet engine and plane door. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "South Korean Airlines Face Operational and Familial Headwinds," 6 July 2018 The move will allow the company to focus on its two biggest remaining divisions, which make jet engines and power turbines. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Crowley going down spotlights the looming Democratic identity crisis," 27 June 2018 The state is benefiting from rising demand for commercial jet engines and aerospace parts and increased Pentagon spending. Stephen Singer,, "Business Groups Join To Boost Connecticut Manufacturing," 6 June 2018 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

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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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