One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Generally Generally. Burning that takes place after some event.
2Burning of timber after it has been felled.
Burning of combustible waste material following some previous process; (Engineering) the spontaneous burning of ejected gases or particulates after they have left an internal-combustion engine or a rocket engine.
4In an internal-combustion engine: combustion that takes place in the part of a cycle which occurs immediately after the time of maximum pressure.
5The use of an aircraft's afterburner; combustion in the afterburner of an aircraft.
Of a jet engine: fitted with or using an afterburner.
Mid 19th century. From after- + burning. Compare German Nachbrennen.
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