Definition of piston engine in English:

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piston engine

Pronunciation: /ˈpistn ˌenjən/

noun

An engine powered by pistons.
Example sentences
  • The combination is a small, low-pressure steam boiler feeding a piston engine or turbine.
  • They replaced the old radial air-cooled and liquid-cooled engines with a high-compression piston engine.
  • The basic design of the aviation piston engine hasn't changed drastically in decades.

Derivatives

piston-engined

Pronunciation: /ˈpistn ˌenjənd/
adjective
Example sentences
  • However, as time went by the piston-engined Trader started to become something of an antique.
  • It had become the railways last big piston-engined aircraft, outlasting both DC - 3s as well as its Convair cousin.
  • By February 1999, the number of aeroplanes she refueled at Ondangwa has risen to 74 jets and 52 piston-engined aircraft per month.
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