tur·​bo·​fan | \ ˈtər-bō-ˌfan How to pronounce turbofan (audio) \

Definition of turbofan

1 : a fan that is directly connected to and driven by a turbine and is used to supply air for cooling, ventilation, or combustion
2 : a jet engine having a turbofan

Examples of turbofan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jammed behind his headrest was an auxiliary battery unit whose hum seemed impossibly loud, even over the F-35's turbofan engine. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part I: Peril in the South China Sea," 26 Jan. 2021 The wings would merge with the main body of the aircraft, which has a range similar to that of the turbofan. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Airbus wants to build zero-emission planes by 2035. Here's how," 21 Sep. 2020 Hermeus’s combined cycle engine can work like a regular turbofan or ramjet engine, reaching a speed of Mach 5. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Engine That Will Make Air Force One Hypersonic," 7 Aug. 2020 The Raptor’s twin F119 afterburning turbofan engines generate a total of 70,000 pounds of thrust. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This F-22 Raptor Fly Insane Maneuvers in Spectacular 4K," 12 Nov. 2020 The UltraOne™ has a two-speed electric turbofan, which provides you with optimal airflow and a refreshing feeling. Popular Science, "This mask filters up to 99.97 percent of the air you breathe," 1 Nov. 2020 The guts of a turbofan engine are complex, but major components include the low-pressure turbine, the high-pressure turbine, the core, and the compressor. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "The world’s biggest jet engine, explained," 14 Oct. 2020 Large and equipped with two powerful Pratt & Whitney F100 turbofan engines, the F-15 was the first fighter capable of accelerating straight up. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "USAF Pilot Dies After F-15 Crashes Into the North Sea," 15 June 2020 The turbofan design would carry 120 to 200 passengers with a range of over 2,000 nautical miles. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Airbus wants to build zero-emission planes by 2035. Here's how," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of turbofan

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Turbofan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbofan. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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