from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A rocket engine that develops thrust by expelling ions rather than gaseous combustion products.

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  • noun astronautics a type of spacecraft propulsion, whereby electric fields accelerate ions out the exhaust to provide motive force

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  • noun a type of reaction-propulsion engine to propel rockets in space; a stream of positive ions is accelerated to a high velocity by an electric field


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