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reaction engine

noun, Aeronautics, Rocketry.
1.
an engine that produces power as a reaction to the momentum given to gases ejected from it, as a rocket or jet engine.
Also called reaction motor.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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reaction engine

noun
1.
an engine, such as a jet or rocket engine, that ejects gas at high velocity and develops its thrust from the ensuing reaction
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