Meaning of afterburning in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɑːftəˌbəːnɪŋ/ /ˈaftəˌbəːnɪŋ/


  • 1Generally. Burning that takes place after some event.

  • 2Burning of timber after it has been felled.

  • 3Burning of combustible waste material following some previous process; (Engineering) the spontaneous burning of ejected gases or particulates after they have left an internal combustion engine or a rocket engine.

  • 4In an internal combustion engine: combustion that takes place in the part of a cycle which occurs immediately after the time of maximum pressure.

  • 5The use of an aircraft's afterburner; combustion in the afterburner of an aircraft.


  • Of a jet engine: fitted with or using an afterburner.


Mid 19th century. From after- + burning. Compare German Nachbrennen.