reaction engine

Definitions of reaction engine
  1. noun
    a jet or rocket engine based on a form of aerodynamic propulsion in which the vehicle emits a high-speed stream
    synonyms: reaction-propulsion engine
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    ion engine
    a type of reaction-propulsion engine to propel rockets in space; a stream of positive ions is accelerated to a high velocity by an electric field
    jet engine
    a gas turbine produces a stream of hot gas that propels a jet plane by reaction propulsion
    fan-jet, fanjet, fanjet engine, turbofan, turbofan engine, turbojet, turbojet engine
    a jet engine in which a fan driven by a turbine provides extra air to the burner and gives extra thrust
    atherodyde, athodyd, flying drainpipe, ramjet, ramjet engine
    a simple type of jet engine; must be launched at high speed
    rocket, rocket engine
    a jet engine containing its own propellant and driven by reaction propulsion
    type of:
    motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work
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