- a jet engine operated by the injection of fuel into a stream of air compressed by the forward speed of the aircraft.
Origin of ramjet
Also called ramjet engine.
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- a type of jet engine in which fuel is burned in a duct using air compressed by the forward speed of the aircraft
- an aircraft powered by such an engine
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Word Origin and History for ramjet
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- A cylindrical jet propulsion engine consisting of air intake and combustion chambers into which burning fuel is injected, forcing hot air out of the rear of the engine at high pressures to provide forward thrust. See Note at turbojet.
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