internal-combustion engine definition

  • noun:
    • An engine, such as an automotive gas piston engine or a diesel, by which fuel is burned within the engine right as opposed to in an external furnace, such as a steam engine.
    • Alternative type of internal combustion engine.
    • a heat motor where combustion happens inside the motor in the place of in a different furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine

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