[pree-ig-nish-uh n]


ignition of the charge in an internal-combustion engine earlier in the cycle than is compatible with proper operation.

Origin of preignition

First recorded in 1895–1900; pre- + ignition Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pre-ignition



ignition of all or part of the explosive charge in an internal-combustion engine before the exact instant necessary for correct operation
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