drive·​shaft | \ ˈdrīv-ˌshaft How to pronounce driveshaft (audio) \

Definition of driveshaft

: a shaft that transmits mechanical power

Examples of driveshaft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lear and American Axle, two domestic producers of seats and driveshafts respectively, are losing $16m-17m each a week, according to JPMorgan Chase. The Economist, "A strike at General Motors is hitting its suppliers hard," 10 Oct. 2019 Also contributing to a city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 22/29/24 miles per gallon on all-wheel drive models, the XT4 uses a system in front that can disconnect the driveshaft and rear wheels. Frank A. Aukofer, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Cadillac XT4 is the puppy Escalade," 9 Aug. 2019 During Friday's qualifying, Bowman was coming down the frontstretch during his time trial run when the driveshaft in his No. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Why Alex Bowman will drive Jimmie Johnson's NASCAR Cup car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway," 20 July 2019 All this is possible because fitting T1s to all four wheels eliminates the need for driveshafts, transmissions, suspension parts and other weighty components. The Economist, "A new type of engine for electric cars," 11 July 2019 Power, who started from pole position and dominated through 45 laps, lost his big lead when the caution flag came out, and then had his race end with a driveshaft failure during his last pit stop for a late tire change. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "Rookie Herta wins IndyCar Classic at 18 years old," 24 Mar. 2019 The blower attaches to the front but is powered in the rear by way of a new driveshaft that runs the length of the machine. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Year of the Tractor," 7 May 2016 Lifting one end off the ground still leaves one driveshaft spinning. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "How to Tow a Truck," 19 June 2018 Busch complained of driveshaft problems early in the race but held on and raced in the top five before parking. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Kevin Harvick dominates Dover, scores fourth Cup win of the year," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of driveshaft

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Driveshaft.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of driveshaft

technical : a part of a vehicle that carries power from the gears to the wheels

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