from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An engine, such as an automotive gasoline piston engine or a diesel, in which fuel is burned within the engine proper rather than in an external furnace, as in a steam engine.
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- noun Alternative form of
internal combustion engine.
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- noun a heat engine in which combustion occurs inside the engine rather than in a separate furnace; heat expands a gas that either moves a piston or turns a gas turbine
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