: having a large cylinder block (see block entry 1 sense 1e)
a big-block engine
… an alcohol-burning, supercharged big-block monster truck …Daniel Pund

Examples of big-block in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Topped with twin Holley 650 cfm carburetors on an aluminum intake manifold, the big-block officially developed 355 hp and 420 ft lbs of torque, though these were conservative numbers in the spirit of the times. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 3 Oct. 2023 The cars were used as test beds by the shop and were kitted out with all manner of experimental and performance upgrades, including a big-block V-8 and a new suspension. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 27 June 2023 McLaren used Chevrolet engines throughout its era of dominance, with the big-block 8.3-liter engine in the 1971 M8F reported as making over 800 horsepower. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2023 And the first 100 of these big-block engines were equipped with Edelbrock aluminum intake manifolds. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, 13 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big-block was in 1965

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“Big-block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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