air spring


Definition of air spring

: a shock absorber that uses pressurized air as a cushion instead of a metal spring — compare air suspension

Examples of air spring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Magnetorheological dampers come standard on all but the base Escalade, and a set of height-adjustable air springs will be available. Annie White, Car and Driver, "2021 Cadillac Escalade Gets Even Bigger and Bolder," 5 Feb. 2020 The Turbo S skims over the road on standard air springs, adaptive dampers, and 21-inch Pirelli P Zero PZ4 summer tires that are as wide as a ruler is long in the back. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Porsche's Taycan Turbo S Redefines Quick for Performance Sedans," 29 Jan. 2020 The independent rear suspension is linked to optional adaptive shock absorbers and air springs for a smoother ride and better handling. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Buyers will love these features on the new 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban," 11 Dec. 2019 This replaces the air springs with steel ones, while three-way adaptive dampers work to reduce unwanted yaw movements under braking or acceleration. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Audi RS7—our all-time favorite fastback just got even better," 24 Sep. 2019 On many Land Rover products, for instance, the long-travel independent suspension uses adjustable air springs that can vary height and ground clearance to suit the conditions. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "How 4X4s Got So Good," 18 May 2016 Sitting on its baseline steel springs or the optional air springs, the Q7 tightly controls body motions and roll. Car and Driver, "2018 10Best Trucks and SUVs: The Best Models in Every Segment," 30 Jan. 2018 Under the cargo floor is the XF’s low-profile, integral-link suspension, here with load-leveling air springs as standard equipment. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: A Souped-Up Station Wagon for Crossover Drivers," 13 Apr. 2018 To accommodate its duties as long-distance tourer, the GT uses load-leveling air springs in the rear multi-link suspension. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 BMW 640xi GT: A High-Riding, Roomy Sedan That’s Fun to Drive," 20 Apr. 2018

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Air spring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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