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

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Recent Examples on the Web From early in the second quarter until the end, the Bombers had a major jet propulsion to improve their record to 6-0. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 25 Sep. 2021 In both cases, jet propulsion quickly became a dead end, not least because of the 1973 oil crisis, which rendered thirsty gas turbines unaffordable almost overnight. Ben Jones, CNN, 8 June 2021 Most of the reliability issues are centered on the ships’ water-jet propulsion system and power plant, such as diesel mounts and engines, fuel lines and water cylinders, among others, Kitchener said. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2021 Tsunami Surge riders will reach a top speed of 28 mph, traveling 42 feet per second through a jet propulsion technological system of enclosed tunnels and open-air slides. Karie Angell Luc,, 27 May 2021 Company founders are on a mission to replace 10,000 internal combustion outboards with their unique electric jet propulsion system. Bill Springer, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Certain spiders drift about on homespun balloons, certain cephalopods use jet propulsion, and certain crustaceans hitch rides on other species. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 And, following the English experience with early air-breathing jet propulsion, the notion of using a conventional jet powerplant was advanced. Chuck Yeager, Popular Mechanics, 8 Dec. 2020 These have descended from the idea of the turbojet, and on the family tree of jet propulsion, the turbojet and ramjet are something like cousins. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of jet propulsion

1855, in the meaning defined above

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7 Oct 2021

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“Jet propulsion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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