tur·​bo·​fan ˈtər-bō-ˌfan How to pronounce turbofan (audio)
: a fan that is directly connected to and driven by a turbine and is used to supply air for cooling, ventilation, or combustion
: a jet engine having a turbofan

Examples of turbofan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Six JetBlue aircraft are currently grounded for inspections and repairs linked to a manufacturing defect in geared turbofan engines made by RTX Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney. Mary Schlangenstein, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2023 An airliner-style nose/cockpit protrudes from the front while two turbofan engine pods are slung atop the rear fuselage, resulting in a look reminiscent of the Quinn jet from the Avengers movies. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 24 Aug. 2023 But the biggest difference is range, thanks to Taurus’s more powerful and fuel-efficient turbofan engine. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2023 The Symphony architecture includes a two-spool, medium-bypass turbofan engine with no afterburner. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 26 June 2023 Related Story Why The Concorde Is Such a Badass Plane Two CFM LEAP 1C high-bypass turbofan engines co-built by General Electric and French company Safran provide propulsion, generating up to 15 tons of thrust and allowing for a cruising speed of 521 miles per hour. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 13 June 2023 Worst of all were the F-14’s twin Pratt & Whitney TF30 turbofan engines, which were a frequent source of accidents. Stephen Witt, Popular Mechanics, 2 Mar. 2023 Boeing is only just dusting itself off from the nearly two-year grounding of its best-selling 737 Max following fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia, while Pratt has faced separate issues with its geared turbofan engines on Airbus SE A320neo jets, particularly in India. Alan Levin, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2021 Currently, Turkish engine manufacturer TEI is working to develop a domestic TF6000 turbofan with heat-resistant, single-crystal turbine blades. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 30 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of turbofan was in 1911

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“Turbofan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbofan. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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