noun Aeronautics, Rocketry.
an engine that produces power as a reaction to the momentum given to gases ejected from it, as a rocket or jet engine.
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- reaction chamber,
- reaction formation,
- reaction of degeneration,
- reaction time,
- reaction turbine,
- reaction, chemical
Origin of reaction engine
First recorded in 1865–70
Also called reaction motor.
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It revolved by the agency of steam, and was of the form that we should now call a reaction-engine.History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science|John William Draper
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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