crankshaft

noun

crank·​shaft ˈkraŋk-ˌshaft How to pronounce crankshaft (audio)
1
: a shaft driven by or driving a crank
2
: a shaft consisting of a series of cranks and crankpins to which the connecting rods of an engine are attached

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ford took the engine from the No. 69 GT race car that placed third at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, which had been disassembled and put in storage, and ground the crankshaft into a powder. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 5 Oct. 2022 The new model is built around its all-new, high-revving 5.5-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crankshaft, and the chassis and aerodynamics have been significantly revised to work with the new higher-power engine. Marc Urbano, Car and Driver, 3 Oct. 2022 The dashboard also features a plaque made from the powder of the ground-up crankshaft from the race-winning GT. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 5 Oct. 2022 The sports car's naturally-aspirated, flat-plane crankshaft V8 engine produces 670 horses, a feat neither Juechter nor his team believed was possible. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 3 Oct. 2022 But a bicycle makes no noise apart from the whir of its crankshaft and the chu-chunk of its derailleurs. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 31 Aug. 2022 Starting in 2026, the MGU-K, which harvests kinetic energy and deploys electrical energy via the crankshaft, will see its output nearly triple to 350 kilowatts, or about 469 horsepower. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 26 Aug. 2022 Another probe covers 289,000 Dodge Journey and Jeep Compass and Patriot small SUVs from 2016 due to 127 complaints about engine stalling due to crankshaft or camshaft sensor problems. BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2022 Another investigation covers 289,000 Dodge Journey and Jeep Compass and Patriot small SUVs from 2016 due to 127 complaints about engine stalling due to crankshaft or camshaft sensor problems. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crankshaft was in 1854

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“Crankshaft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crankshaft. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

crankshaft

noun

crank·​shaft -ˌshaft How to pronounce crankshaft (audio)
: a shaft turning or driven by a crank or made up of a series of cranks

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