reaction engine

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noun Aeronautics, Rocketry.
  1. an engine that produces power as a reaction to the momentum given to gases ejected from it, as a rocket or jet engine.

Origin of reaction engine

First recorded in 1865–70
Also called reaction motor.
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Related Words for reaction engine

rocket, fanjet, pulsejet, ramjet, turbofan, turbojet, turboprop

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British Dictionary definitions for reaction engine

reaction engine

reaction motor

noun
  1. an engine, such as a jet or rocket engine, that ejects gas at high velocity and develops its thrust from the ensuing reaction
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