atomic engine n.

an engine powered by nuclear energy

Propulsion

  • 1914 H. G. Wells in Cent. Mag. 87 571/1 H. G. Wells

    The swift aëroplane, with its atomic engine as noiseless as a dancing sunbeam.

  • 1946 Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 5/2 page image

    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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