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radial engine

noun, Aeronautics
an internal-combustion engine having the cylinders arranged in radial opposition, found mainly on older aircraft.
Origin of radial engine
1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for radial engine
  • In a radial engine, the cylinders are arranged in a circular fashion around the crankcase.
  • The radial engine was mounted in the center fuselage, with a small propeller to draw in cooling air.
  • Eyes still closed, hear an early riser pull the propeller through on a radial engine.
British Dictionary definitions for radial engine

radial engine

an internal-combustion engine having a number of cylinders arranged about a central crankcase
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