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rocket engine

n.
A reaction engine that contains all the substances necessary for its operation and is not dependent on substances such as atmospheric oxygen, drawn from the surrounding medium, and thus is capable of operating in outer space. Also called rocket motor.

rocket engine

n
(Astronautics) a reaction engine in which a fuel and oxidizer are burnt in a combustion chamber, the products of combustion expanding through a nozzle and producing thrust. Also called: rocket motor

rock′et en`gine


n.
a reaction engine, supplied with its own fuel and oxidizer, used to power an aircraft or spacecraft.
Also called rocket, rock′et mo`tor.
[1930–35]

rocket engine

An engine that contains all the substances necessary for its operation and is propelled by a jet of hot gases produced by burning fuel. Since they do not rely on the oxygen in the atmosphere, rocket engines can operate in space.
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Noun1.rocket engine - a jet engine containing its own propellant and driven by reaction propulsionrocket engine - a jet engine containing its own propellant and driven by reaction propulsion
booster rocket, booster unit, takeoff booster, takeoff rocket, booster - the first stage of a multistage rocket
jet engine - a gas turbine produces a stream of hot gas that propels a jet plane by reaction propulsion
nuclear rocket - a rocket engine in which a nuclear reactor is used to heat a propellant
retrorocket - a small rocket engine on a larger rocket or spacecraft that is fired to slow or alter its course
rocket, projectile - any vehicle self-propelled by a rocket engine
space rocket - a rocket powerful enough to travel into outer space
thruster - a small rocket engine that provides the thrust needed to maneuver a spacecraft
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