One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An engine that generates motive power by the burning of gasoline, oil, or other fuel with air inside the engine, the hot gases produced being used to drive a piston or do other work as they expand.
- ‘In the book, he proposed drastic measures to limit emissions, including elimination of the internal-combustion engine.’
- ‘The internal-combustion engine goes the way of the covered wagon because vehicles powered by fuel cells meet all cost and performance requirements.’
- ‘In an internal-combustion engine, the pressure produced by expanding gases acts through the pistons and connecting rods to push against the crankshaft, producing torque.’
- ‘In a parallel hybrid, the internal-combustion engine and transmission are coupled to an electric motor/generator, with a continuing link to the drive wheels.’
- ‘It has been said that the camshaft is the ‘brain’ that regulates the flow of fuel and air through an internal-combustion engine by opening and closing the valves.’
- ‘If the camshaft is the brain of an internal-combustion engine, then the IQ of a modern engine is certainly much higher than it was when solid lifters ruled the streets and dragstrips.’
- ‘A hybrid car uses both an internal-combustion engine and an electric motor.’
- ‘The previous tech advance started at the end of the 19th century and was due mainly to the development of both the electric motor and the internal-combustion engine.’
- ‘In the distance a cloud of sand and dust floated skyward and the repeated backfiring of an internal-combustion engine echoed over the rolling dunes.’
- ‘The common internal-combustion engine would have efficiency in the range of 20 to 25 percent.’
- ‘The U.S., in turn, became the world's preeminent power in the 20th century because it was the first country to harness its vast oil reserves with the internal-combustion engine.’
- ‘In a typical gasoline internal-combustion engine, fuel enters the combustion chamber when an inlet valve opens.’
- ‘When powered by hybrid technologies that combine electricity with the internal-combustion engine, such light vehicles will produce enormous oil savings.’
- ‘This doesn't mean that consumers will be able to buy fuel-cell cars anytime soon, or that obituaries should be written for the internal-combustion engine.’
- ‘The internal-combustion engine has replaced steam-power for agricultural machinery, and improved transport has led to the development of a world market for some agricultural products.’
- ‘The fuel cell has the potential to eventually replace the internal-combustion engine, because it's far more than just the best environmental choice.’
- ‘Another theory put forward on Sunday is that these extra-terrestrials have developed a way to travel without the internal-combustion engine, a fact which - if it got out - could threaten the very heart of the American economy.’
- ‘The energy bill also includes a new tax credit for buyers of hybrid cars, which combine an electric motor with an internal-combustion engine.’
- ‘For more information on the internal-combustion engine, see How Car Engines Work.’
- ‘Oxygen is the most important gas as far as any internal-combustion engine is concerned.’
internal combustion engine/inˈtərnl kəmˈbəsCHən ˈenjən/
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