radial engine


Definition of radial engine

: a usually internal combustion engine with cylinders arranged radially like the spokes of a wheel

Examples of radial engine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minutes later, crew chief Tim Bourgoine was on a ladder, his arms and tools sunk inside the giant radial engine to fix a bad spark plug — a piffle as far as the average Flying Fortress bomber was concerned. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Flight of restored B-17 bomber harks back to days when skies were not so blue," 12 Nov. 2019 The two-engine bombers, powered by Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engines, were designed to fly lower and to hit smaller targets than heavier bombers, such as B-17s and B-24s, McCaslin said. David Owens, courant.com, "74 Years Later, Connecticut Airman Shot Down Over France In WW II To Get Proper Burial," 7 July 2018 Against a wall is probably the rarest bike in the entire collection, a 1922 Megola, with a five-cylinder radial engine attached to the front wheel. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "Jay Leno gives a glimpse of his vast motorcycle collection," 14 Feb. 2018 The 757-cubic-inch, 300-hp radial engine is connected to a TH400 automatic transmission via a belt. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Plymouth Air Radial Truck: Aircraft Inspired, Aircraft Powered," 1 Nov. 2017 The loud drone of the four 1,200-horsepower, Wright Cyclone radial engines sounds like no other airplane flying. David Owens, courant.com, "World War II B-17 Bomber Will Fly Over Greater Hartford This Weekend; Be Open For Tours," 14 Sep. 2017 On a calm morning off the coast of New Jersey in May 1932, Navy Lieutenant Daniel W. Harrigan throttled back the 428-hp radial engine powering his small Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk biplane. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Why Old Blimps and Biplanes Are the Secret to Tomorrow's Drone Motherships," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of radial engine

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Radial engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radial%20engine. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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