Definition of scramjet in English:


Syllabification: scram·jet
Pronunciation: /ˈskramˌjet


  • A ramjet in which combustion takes place in a stream of gas moving at supersonic speed.
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    • Like the comparatively slower ramjet counterpart, the scramjet has a simple mechanical design with no moving parts.
    • Unlike conventional rocket engines, which must carry oxidizer on board, ramjets and scramjets take in air from the atmosphere and compress it enough to burn.
    • The advantages of the technology are clear: the scramjet contains relatively few moving parts compared to a conventional turbine jet engine.


1960s: from s(upersonic) + c(ombustion) + ramjet.

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