an engine of one or more working cylinders in which the process of combustion takes place within the cylinders.
Origin of internal-combustion engine
First recorded in 1880–85
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They export to some of these internal-combustion-engine sectors, like Europo-American.Temple Trouble
Henry Beam Piper
a heat engine in which heat is supplied by burning the fuel in the working fluid (usually air)
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An engine whose fuel is burned inside the engine itself rather than in an outside furnace or burner. Gasoline and diesel engines are internal-combustion engines, as are gas turbine engines such as turbojets. Compare steam engine.
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