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1. A device for augmenting the thrust of a jet engine by burning additional fuel with the uncombined oxygen in the exhaust gases.
2. A device for burning or chemically altering unburned or partially burned carbon compounds in exhaust gases.
1. (Automotive Engineering) a device in the exhaust system of an internal-combustion engine for removing or rendering harmless potentially dangerous components in the exhaust gases
2. (Aeronautics) a system of fuel injection and combustion located behind the turbine of an aircraft jet engine to produce additional thrust
af•ter•burn•er(ˈæf tərˌbɜr nər, ˈɑf-)
a device for burning exhaust gases, as from a jet or internal-combustion engine.
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device - an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; "the device is small enough to wear on your wrist"; "a device intended to conserve water"