connecting rod

noun

Definition of 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)

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Suddenly, its piston engine blew, throwing two connecting rods. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "One man designed and built the ultimate bush plane," 11 Aug. 2018 Infiniti's solution involves replacing the usual connecting rod between the piston head and crankshaft with a multilink arrangement. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 Hyundai recalled about 470,000 vehicles in September of 2015 because manufacturing debris can restrict oil flow to connecting rod bearings. Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "NHTSA to investigate fires linked to Hyundai-Kia engine failures," 27 June 2018 Smaller piston skirts cut 27 grams while the connecting rods are 41 grams lighter. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Mazda MX-5 gets 26-hp boost," 23 June 2018 The stock internals were replaced with a billet-steel crankshaft, forged pistons, and billet-steel connecting rods for improved strength and durability, and the intake and exhaust systems were redone to optimize airflow. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "12/10 Would Drive: Brabus Is Building 10 888-HP Super G-Wagens," 11 Sep. 2017 The hazard stems from substandard bushings provided by a subcontractor and installed on connecting rod assemblies over a 15-month period spanning 2015 and 2016, according to Lycoming. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Orders Checks, Repairs to Some Propeller Planes With Lycoming Engines," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of connecting rod

1839, in the meaning defined above

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