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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 Rybinsk AL-31F1 after-burning turbofan engines, each with a thrust rating of 19,842 pounds. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2022 Where Concorde employed inefficient afterburners to generate sufficient thrust, Boom has quieter, more efficient turbofan engines at its disposal. Tom Vanderbilt, Wired, 20 Dec. 2021 The 747 in question was equipped with a Trent 1000 turbofan engine running solely on unblended SAF while the remaining three RB211 mills used standard jet fuel, according to Rolls-Royce. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 Oct. 2021 The jet will be powered by the same Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 turbofan engines as the G700, while sharing that aircraft’s wing, tail and winglet. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 5 Oct. 2021 The aircraft increases speed, and then the internal turbofan engine takes over, generating even more forward motion. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2021 This has a bigger wingspan than a 737 airliner, and a conventional turbofan engine giving an endurance of 30 hours, impressive by the standards of crewed aircraft but not compared to the 90 days that he Skydweller offers. David Hambling, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Powered by a 25,000-pound-thrust Pratt & Whitney F100 turbofan engine, the F-16 is capable of speeds up to Mach 2-twice the speed of sound—or nearly 1,500 mph at combat altitudes. Sheldon M. Gallager, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2021 The Leap uses conventional turbofan technology, and while more fuel savings could come from using larger-dimension fans, these would be heavier and harder to mount under aircraft wings. BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2021 See More

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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 Jul. 2022.

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