cylinder head


Definition of cylinder head

: the closed end of an engine or pump cylinder

Examples of cylinder head in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This accounts for and cares about every part, from the cylinder head to camshaft, to ensure the engine purrs. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2021 Featuring such innovations as a 16-valve cylinder head, twin-spark ignition, aluminium pistons, and a magnesium crankcase, the Blower's 4.4-liter four was one of the most powerful in the world at that time, making 240 horsepower in race trim. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2021 Defiance Casting Operations has about 580 employees who produce cylinder block and cylinder head castings for inline-four, V6 and V8 engines in various vehicles, GM said. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 28 Sep. 2020 This century-old technology is located in the combustion chamber and mounted near the top of the engine in the cylinder head. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 9 Sep. 2020 The overhead cam design, meaning the camshaft is inside the cylinder head instead of the engine block, provided numerous performance and efficiency improvements as well as much longer intervals between oil changes. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, 9 Aug. 2020 Today, the fuel is pumped into the engine through 42 fuel-injection nozzles in the manifold ports, the cylinder heads and the throttle body that sits atop the supercharger. Paul Stenquist, New York Times, 17 May 2020 The cylinder heads give a compression ratio of 10.5-to-one, and the air intake system consists of a low-restriction air cleaner, an opera-throat four-barrel carburetor, and direct manifold passages. Car and Driver, 17 Apr. 2020 The fuel-injection system has been improved to optimize combustion, and its block, cylinder heads, connecting rods and bearings have been strengthened. Tim Spell, Houston Chronicle, 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cylinder head

1884, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2021

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“Cylinder head.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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