auxiliary engine auxiliary engine


  • (n) (nautical) a small engine (as one used on board ships to operate a windlass)


  1. Water poured in through the racked hull to disable auxiliary engine and radio.
  2. Its trip from Kiel to Danzig to take on cargo was productive of conflicting reports: some said the Buckau went by her wind; some, by means of her auxiliary engine.
  3. The self-powered rotor acts like an auxiliary engine, so the main engine need not be large.
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/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /