Hypergolic definition

hīpər-gŏlĭk
Of or relating to a rocket propellant consisting of fuel and an oxidizer that ignite spontaneously on contact.
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Using such a fuel.
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Igniting spontaneously when mixed together, as rocket fuel and oxidizer combinations.
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Relating to or using a rocket propellant consisting of liquid fuel and an oxidizer that ignite spontaneously on contact.
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Of fuel or propellant, igniting spontaneously on contact with an oxidiser.
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Origin of hypergolic

  • From German Hypergol a hypergolic fluid propellant from hyper- extreme (from Greek huper- hyper–) Greek ergon work erg1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German, from Ancient Greek υπέρ (ypér) + έργον (érgon, “work”).

    From Wiktionary