pulsejet engine

or pulse-jet engine


noun Aeronautics.

a jet engine equipped with valves that continuously open to admit air, then close during combustion, giving a pulsating thrust: used to power the V-1, a German buzz bomb, in World War II.

Origin of pulsejet engine

First recorded in 1945–50; pulse1 + jet1
Also called pulse·jet, pulse-jet, aeropulse.
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