turbofan

noun
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 For larger aircraft, electric turbofans that are vastly more powerful—perhaps up 20MW—will be needed. The Economist, "Hybrid airliners could come to dominate the skies," 28 June 2019 The aircraft was identified as a Fokker-100, a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner. Fox News, "Almaty airport says 9 killed in Kazakhstan plane crash," 27 Dec. 2019 The aircraft was identified as a Fokker-100, a medium-sized, twin-turbofan jet airliner. Time, "12 Killed, Dozens Hurt After Plane Crashes in Kazakhstan," 27 Dec. 2019 The airline, which operates the world's largest fleet of Boeing Co. 737 jetliners, relies on the turbofan to power its more than 700 planes. Julie Johnsson, chicagotribune.com, "Southwest rushes engine checks amid first-of-its-kind crisis," 18 Apr. 2018 One such deal with GE Aviation, the jet engine division of General Electric, covers two specific components of the F110 turbofan engine that powers the F-15 and F-16 fighter jets. Washington Post, "Air Force eyes 3-D printing as a way to trim costs," 28 Sep. 2019 To start with, one of the 146’s four engines will be replaced with a 2MW electric turbofan powered by a combination of battery and generator. The Economist, "Hybrid airliners could come to dominate the skies," 28 June 2019 What seems likely to have happened is that one of the Jaguar’s two Adour turbofan engines accidentally ate one of the birds. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After a Bird Collision, Pilot Saves Jet (With Explosions)," 1 July 2019 This plane is powered by four conventional jet turbofans, albeit small ones. The Economist, "Hybrid airliners could come to dominate the skies," 28 June 2019

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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