MacPherson strut

noun

Mac·​Pher·​son strut mək-ˈfir-sᵊn- How to pronounce MacPherson strut (audio) -ˈfər- How to pronounce MacPherson strut (audio)
: a component of an automobile suspension consisting of a shock absorber mounted within a coil spring

Examples of MacPherson strut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Body roll was imperceptible at somewhat respectful public road speeds, too, thanks to adaptive dampers bolted up to a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension. Peter Nelson, Ars Technica, 1 June 2024 The chassis changes were mostly refinement of the various elastomeric components, bushings and such, in the MacPherson strut front/multi-link rear. Dan Neil, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Honda gave the front MacPherson strut suspension new low-friction ball joints and damper mounts to improve steering feel and return to center. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 29 Apr. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

Earle S. MacPherson †1960 American engineer

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of MacPherson strut was in 1960

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“MacPherson strut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/MacPherson%20strut. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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MacPherson strut

noun
Mac·​Pher·​son strut mək-ˈfir-sᵊn- How to pronounce MacPherson strut (audio) -ˈfər- How to pronounce MacPherson strut (audio)
: a component of an automobile suspension consisting of a shock absorber mounted within a coil spring
Etymology

named after Earle S. MacPherson, 1891–1960, American engineer who designed the strut

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