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combustion US English

The process of burning something

combustion US Thesaurus

the combustion of fossil fuels

pre-combustion US English

In some diesel engines: commencement of combustion of the fuel in an auxiliary chamber, before it is drawn into the main cylinder. Compare prechamber.

combustion chamber US English

An enclosed space in which combustion takes place, especially in an engine or furnace

external combustion US English

(In an engine) combustion of the fuel outside the chamber where the force is developed and motion produced (as in a steam engine or a turbine); usually attributive.

internal combustion US English

Combustion (in early use especially spontaneous combustion) occurring or supposed to occur within something; specifically the metabolic process by which heat is generated in the animal body.

spontaneous combustion US English

The ignition of organic matter (e.g., hay or coal) without apparent cause, typically through heat generated internally by rapid oxidation

internal combustion engine US English

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

internal combustion engine in internal combustion US English

Combustion of petrol, oil, or other fuel within a closed space inside an engine, with the hot gases produced driving a piston or doing other work inside that space; frequently attributive, especially in internal combustion engine.