internal-combustion engine

Definitions of internal-combustion engine

n a heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine

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diesel, diesel engine, diesel motor
an internal-combustion engine that burns heavy oil
four-stroke engine, four-stroke internal-combustion engine
an internal-combustion engine in which an explosive mixture is drawn into the cylinder on the first stroke and is compressed and ignited on the second stroke; work is done on the third stroke and the products of combustion are exhausted on the fourth stroke
gas engine
an internal-combustion engine similar to a gasoline engine but using natural gas instead of gasoline vapor
gasoline engine, petrol engine
an internal-combustion engine that burns gasoline; most automobiles are driven by gasoline engines
outboard, outboard motor
internal-combustion engine that mounts at stern of small boat
radial engine, rotary engine
an internal-combustion engine having cylinders arranged radially around a central crankcase
reciprocating engine
an internal-combustion engine in which the crankshaft is turned by pistons moving up and down in cylinders
rotary engine
an internal-combustion engine in which power is transmitted directly to rotating components
valve-in-head engine
internal-combustion engine having both inlet and exhaust valves located in the cylinder head
a small gasoline engine (as on motor boat)
rotary engine in which the kinetic energy of a moving fluid is converted into mechanical energy by causing a bladed rotor to rotate
Wankel engine, Wankel rotary engine, epitrochoidal engine
a rotary engine that is a four-stroke internal-combustion engine without reciprocating parts
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heat engine
any engine that makes use of heat to do work

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