camshaft

noun

cam·​shaft ˈkam-ˌshaft How to pronounce camshaft (audio)
: a shaft to which a cam is fastened or of which a cam forms an integral part

Examples of camshaft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All camshafts, both for desmo and spring valves, are all produced inside the factory. Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2023 Advancements in camshaft profiles and electronic timing can help to improve performance at the top of the rev range, but only to an extent limited by immutable thermodynamics. Michael Teo Van Runkle, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2023 Longer roller rocker arms and a Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) custom-ground camshaft provided higher lift and more duration. Larry Webster, Car and Driver, 12 Aug. 2023 In conjunction with strengthened camshafts and unique engine tuning, the engine makes 500 horsepower, neatly matching that of the 2007 GT500, which used a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8. Carlos Lago, Car and Driver, 1 Aug. 2023 According to the listing, both the camshaft and oil pan were resealed in March 2023. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 26 May 2023 Finally, the engineers at Wolfsburg scrapped the idea and adopted a roller-chain drive between the two camshafts, similar to the design Porsche uses in the 928S engine. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 21 Mar. 2023 Read the full review The new 1.6-liter features a larger turbocharger, camshafts, and a bunch of other engine internals in order to squeeze an extra 20 horsepower from the 1.6-liter. Car and Driver, 17 May 2023 Each cylinder head is fitted with a single overhead camshaft that operates 32 valves—four per cylinder, all of them exhaust valves. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 29 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of camshaft was in 1842

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“Camshaft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/camshaft. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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camshaft

noun
cam·​shaft ˈkam-ˌshaft How to pronounce camshaft (audio)
: a shaft to which a cam is fastened or of which a cam forms a part

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