shock absorber noun
: a device that is connected to the wheel of a vehicle in order to reduce the effects of traveling on a rough surface
: any of several devices for absorbing the energy of sudden impulses or shocks in machinery or structures
Examples of SHOCK ABSORBER
- The car needs new shock absorbers.
First Known Use of SHOCK ABSORBER
shock absorber noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Device for controlling unwanted motion of a spring-mounted vehicle. On an automobile, the springs act as a cushion between the axles and the body and reduce the shocks produced by a rough road surface. Since some combinations of road surface and car speed may result in excessive up-and-down motion of the car body, shock absorberswhich today are hydraulic devices that oppose both compression and stretching of the springsslow down and reduce the magnitude of these vibratory motions. See also damping.
Learn More About SHOCK ABSORBER
Seen & Heard
What made you want to look up shock absorber? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).