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 He's been a veteran of airshows for more than 25 years, holding commercial, instrument, single-engine and multi-engine ratings in both land and sea aircraft and helicopters, along with ratings in ex-military jets and high-performance radial engine aircraft. Katie Dupere, Men's Health, 26 May 2023 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 6 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of radial engine was in 1909

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“Radial engine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radial%20engine. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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