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chugging

[′chəg·iŋ]
(aerospace engineering)
Also known as bumping; chuffing.
A form of combustion instability in a rocket engine, characterized by a pulsing operation at a fairly low frequency, sometimes defined as occurring between particular frequency limits.
The noise that is made in this kind of combustion.
(nucleonics)
An instability in a water-moderated reactor in which the formation of steam bubbles in the core and their subsequent collapse cause oscillations in the reactivity.
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What used to be thought of as rush-hour now extends throughout the day in many areas of Los Angeles County, with freeway motorists chugging along at an average speed of 37 mph.
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After chugging uphill for two solid sessions, the major averages ran out of steam Tuesday, with the blue chips giving up a chunk of ground, while the Nasdaq struggled to stay above the flat line.
Neighbors are plagued not just by odors and potential health and safety hazards from the dump, but also by the fumes from the diesel trucks chugging through their community daily.
The Little Engine That Could' is not just a bedtime story -- it's who we are and what our world can be, if we have the determination to keep chugging along.
5) A small locomotive makes its way, chugging around the track through the diminutive scenery in the Goetz yard.
Ben Bartolotto, director of the Research Board, notes that while California's construction engine continues chugging forward in the first nine months, the state's construction employment figures also remain high.
I was doing a 40-mile run for my 40th birthday, and during the run I was just chugging along thinking,'' said Perry, 40, of Palmdale.
50 for chugging a quart of chicken broth -- -- $250 for stripping down to a thong and getting strangers to carry them through Times Square -- $500 for enlisting in a grueling "Sally Bootcamp," filling their camouflage pants with bacon and eggs, performing calisthenics in fish paste, and chugging heavy cream -- all while shackled together wearing wigs that resembled the show's host.
I always believed in futures/I hope for better in November,'' Jim Adkins sings over a chugging metal guitar riff on the title track, a guitar-based rocker about voting Bush out of office.
Filling a grassy Antelope Valley Fairgrounds lawn are chugging one- cylinder engines, farm pumps and contraptions rescued from decades of disuse and more than a dozen 50-year-old tractors looking like they just rolled off the factory floor.