afterburner

[af-ter-bur-ner, ahf-]

noun

Aeronautics. a device placed within, or attached to the exit of, a jet-engine exhaust pipe to produce afterburning.
a device for burning exhaust fumes from an internal-combustion engine, as of an automobile.

Nearby words

  1. after-school,
  2. afterbeat,
  3. afterbirth,
  4. afterbody,
  5. afterbrain,
  6. afterburning,
  7. aftercare,
  8. aftercast,
  9. afterclap,
  10. aftercooler

Origin of afterburner

First recorded in 1945–50; after + burner

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British Dictionary definitions for afterburner

afterburner

noun

a device in the exhaust system of an internal-combustion engine for removing or rendering harmless potentially dangerous components in the exhaust gases
a system of fuel injection and combustion located behind the turbine of an aircraft jet engine to produce additional thrust
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