atomic engine n.
an engine powered by nuclear energy
The swift aëroplane, with its atomic engine as noiseless as a dancing sunbeam.
in Century Magazine 87 571/1
1946 Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 5/2
A ‘raw’ or unshielded atomic engine could be small, light, and inordinately powerful.
2001 Analog Sept. 15/1
His assortment of knives…made him look equipped for tasks of a highly technological nature such as the overhaul of an atomic engine.
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