jet propulsion


Definition of jet propulsion

: propulsion of a body produced by the forwardly directed forces of the reaction resulting from the rearward discharge of a jet of fluid especially : propulsion of an airplane by jet engines

Examples of jet propulsion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, as ways of movement go, jet propulsion is not usually a very good use of energy. New York Times, "The Chambered Nautilus Is the Ocean’s Most Efficient Jet Engine," 23 Feb. 2018 Contrast that with robots that use jet propulsion, which gives a reef collective panic attacks. Matt Simon, WIRED, "MIT Unleashes a Hypnotic Robot Fish to Help Save the Oceans," 21 Mar. 2018 The sound of jet propulsion can be both mesmerizing and forgettable. Christopher Schaberg, The Atlantic, "The Jet Engine Is a Futuristic Technology Stuck in the Past," 11 Feb. 2018 The fast vessels, powered by jet propulsion, are aimed at a variety of missions from maritime interception to humanitarian assistance. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marinette-built ship USS Little Rock remains stuck in the ice in Montreal," 24 Jan. 2018 The team is composed of nearly 50 members, many of whom are friends and family, who specialize in everything from jet propulsion to parachutes to data collection and management. CBS News, "New land-speed record eyed by U.S. team in Nevada desert," 26 Jan. 2018 If so, then, scaphites likely didn’t have big, long arms or a strong siphon for jet propulsion Colin Dickey, New Republic, "When Squid Ruled the Earth," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of jet propulsion

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Jet propulsion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jet propulsion

: the use of a jet engine to create forward movement of an airplane, missile, etc.

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