cartridge starter

cartridge starter

[′kär·trij ‚stärd·ər]
(mechanical engineering)
An explosive device which, when placed in an engine and detonated, moves a piston, thereby starting the engine.
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So that if there were any leaks and you saw oil from somewhere, or maybe it was a start-up and it was a cartridge starter, so it was very difficult sometimes to get a cartridge to work properly.