Definition of internal combustion engine in English:

internal combustion engine

Syllabification: in·ter·nal com·bus·tion en·gine

noun

  • An engine that generates motive power by the burning of gasoline, oil, or other fuel with air inside the engine, the hot gases produced being used to drive a piston or do other work as they expand.
    More example sentences
    • The internal-combustion engine has replaced steam-power for agricultural machinery, and improved transport has led to the development of a world market for some agricultural products.
    • The previous tech advance started at the end of the 19th century and was due mainly to the development of both the electric motor and the internal-combustion engine.
    • The energy bill also includes a new tax credit for buyers of hybrid cars, which combine an electric motor with an internal-combustion engine.

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