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[kuh m-buhs-ter] /kəmˈbʌs tər/
noun, Aeronautics
the apparatus in a ramjet or other jet engine for initiating and sustaining combustion, consisting of the igniter, fuel-injection system, combustion chamber, and flameholder.
Origin of combustor
1940-45; combust(ion) + -or2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for combustor
  • In such a design, heat spreads in all directions from a combustor at the center, facilitating the necessary reactions.
  • The combustor geometry is divided into two zones to facilitate better visualization of the cavity flame during operation.
  • Gas turbines are essentially composed of three major components: compressor, combustor, and power turbine.
  • There are two types of wood burning stoves: catalytic combustor and noncatalytic.
  • Given the issues presented there, various options can be considered for combustor design and operation.
  • Catalytic combustion: an investigation of combustor geometry effects.
British Dictionary definitions for combustor


the combustion system of a jet engine or ramjet, comprising the combustion chamber, the fuel injection apparatus, and the igniter
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