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[in-tur-nl-kuh m-buhs-chuh n] /ɪnˈtɜr nl kəmˈbʌs tʃən/
of or relating to an internal-combustion engine.
Origin of internal-combustion
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Fuel-cell engines use chemical reactions to produce electricity, instead of burning fuel, as internal-combustion engines do.
  • And, as in a hybrid electric car with a petrol-powered range extender, there is an internal-combustion option.
  • Fifty years later, almost all were gutted by the internal-combustion engine, which enabled people and jobs to move to the suburbs.
  • It would end the century-long reign of the internal-combustion engine fuelled by petrol, ushering in the hydrogen age.
  • Better still, being electrically powered instead of relying on an internal-combustion engine, they can be used indoors.
  • The vehicles are giant-tired internal-combustion fantasies.
  • internal-combustion engines of all sizes, mainly using gasoline, are remarkably well developed in cost and in reliability.
  • With electrification and the development of the internal-combustion engine, there were new ways to move people and goods around.
  • Even more startling is that many of these technologies are based on the conventional internal-combustion engine.
  • The boost allows hybrid automakers to use a smaller, more efficient internal-combustion engine without sacrificing performance.

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