in-line engine
noun Date: 1929 an internal combustion engine in which the cylinders are arranged in one or more straight lines

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  • in-line engine — An arrangement in a reciprocating engine in which all the cylinders are placed in a single line. The crankcase may be located either above or below the cylinders. 6 cylinder inverted in line engine …   Aviation dictionary

  • in-line engine — ə̇nˈlīn, ˈinˌl noun : an internal combustion engine in which the cylinders are arranged in one or more straight lines compare radial engine …   Useful english dictionary

  • in-line engine — An engine in which all the cylinders (usually three or more) are arranged in a straight row (either vertically or slanted). The pistons drive a common crankshaft. Also called a straight engine …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • in-line — Engine layout in which the cylinders are arranged in a row, and in line with the wheels of the machine …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • in-line — /in luyn , in luyn /, adj. (of an internal combustion engine) having the cylinders ranged side by side in one or more rows along the crankshaft. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • in-line — /ˈɪn laɪn/ (say in luyn) adjective of or relating to an internal combustion engine in which the cylinders are arranged in one straight line rather than in horizontally opposed or other configurations …   Australian English dictionary

  • in-line — [[t]ˌɪnˈlaɪn, ˈɪnˌlaɪn[/t]] adj. aum (of an internal combustion engine) having the cylinders ranged side by side in one or more rows along the crankshaft • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

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  • engine type — Over the years of engine development, several types or configurations have been made. All of them relate to the position of the valves and the camshaft (s) that operates them. air cooled engine An engine which is not cooled by antifreeze but by… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • engine layout — [1] The type of engine, with reference to the arrangement of its cylinders and their number (as in a flat four, V twin, or straight eight). [2] The location of the engine in the vehicle (as in a front mount, mid mount, or rear engine. [3] The… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

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