cam·​shaft | \ˈkam-ˌshaft \

Definition of camshaft 

: a shaft to which a cam is fastened or of which a cam forms an integral part

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There are dozens of sensors, measuring such things as throttle opening, engine rpm, air and coolant temperature, crankshaft and camshaft position, and road speed. Michael Austin, Popular Mechanics, "What Your Check Engine Light Means and What To Do About It," 31 July 2018 As the camshaft turns, its cams push against rods (called pushrods, see?) that open valves on the cylinder to let fuel in and exhaust out. 3. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Us Take Apart an Outboard Motor Into 501 Pieces," 6 Aug. 2015 Reducing the number of camshafts and cam drives also reduces friction. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Nine Things You Must Know about the New Mercedes Inline-Six," 20 Mar. 2018 Both intake and exhaust camshafts feature cam phasers. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Deep Dive: Cadillac’s New, Exclusive 4.2-Liter Twin-Turbo V-8," 21 Mar. 2018 Direct injection is done with a common rail design with a high-pressure fuel pump powered by the camshaft. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "GM Unveils The Next Corvette's V-8," 24 Oct. 2012 Dodge is also touting its new fuel saving technology that incorporates cylinder deactivation and variable camshaft timing to save gas. Imad Khan, Houston Chronicle, "The 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Edition is like a cabin in a truck," 29 Jan. 2018 The single-overhead-camshaft cylinder heads are three-valve, dual-plug designs that breathe well enough for adequate cruiser torque and power, making the midsize 750cc motor a good fit for its intended market. Joe Michaud,, "2017 Honda Shadow Phantom: 'Harley-ish' looks, Honda efficiency," 15 Sep. 2017 The turbo is bigger than the usual one found on an S60, and Polestar also fitted new conrods, camshafts, and a larger air intake and fuel pump to feed it. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2017 S60 Polestar is a most intriguing car," 29 Aug. 2017

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of camshaft

: a metal shaft or bar to which a cam is attached

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