jet propulsion

noun

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'jet propulsion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of jet propulsion

1855, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about jet propulsion

Time Traveler for jet propulsion

Time Traveler

The first known use of jet propulsion was in 1855

See more words from the same year

Statistics for jet propulsion

Cite this Entry

“Jet propulsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jet%20propulsion. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for jet propulsion

jet propulsion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jet propulsion

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

More from Merriam-Webster on jet propulsion

Nglish: Translation of jet propulsion for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about jet propulsion

Comments on jet propulsion

What made you want to look up jet propulsion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!