connecting rod


: a rod that transmits motion between a reciprocating part of a machine (such as a piston) and a rotating part (such as a crankshaft)

Examples of connecting rod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pistons are attached to a connecting rod, which is connected to the crankshaft, which turns the engine and the propellor on your outboard. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 16 Aug. 2023 Along with improvements also seen on the GT, the Dark Horse engine gains forged connecting rods from the GT500. Carlos Lago, Car and Driver, 1 Aug. 2023 The mill, which is the same found in the P 900 Rocket, features an enlarged cylinder bore, forged pistons, and high-performance connecting rods. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 5 July 2023 But on the 112th lap, a connecting rod dismantled, taking DePalma out of the race. The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2023 Often associated with racing cars, the FPC has two pairs of connecting rod journals spaced 180 degrees apart. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 10 May 2023 This set of dumbbells includes a connecting rod covered in foam, which ensures a comfortable grip. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 6 Oct. 2022 Porsche is recalling 190 of its 2021 Cayman, Boxster, and 718 Spyder models with flat-six engines over a connecting rod that can crack and lead to engine damage, stalling, and potentially a fire. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, 8 Apr. 2021 The wrist pin may crack and cause connecting rod failure. Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of connecting rod was in 1839

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“Connecting rod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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