drive·​shaft ˈdrīv-ˌshaft How to pronounce driveshaft (audio)
: a shaft that transmits mechanical power

Examples of driveshaft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to smaller grille openings and flatter underbodies (no driveshafts or tailpipes to worry about) BEV bodies tend to have lower drag coefficients and slip through the air with less effort. Robin Warner, Ars Technica, 5 Dec. 2023 View Photos To handle the Demon 170's monumental power, Dodge fortified the driveline, making the driveshaft 30 percent stronger and the rear axle housing 53 percent stronger. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 20 Mar. 2023 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted Friday on its website that the rear axle horizontal mounting bolt can fracture and cause the driveshaft to disconnect, increasing the risk of a crash. CBS News, 13 Oct. 2023 The clutch in turn twists an aluminum-and-ceramic-matrix driveshaft. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2023 Under the strain of such speed, the U-joint that connected the driveshaft to the wheel broke off, partly buckling the frame and narrowly missing hitting bits of its rider as broken parts whipped around near Curtiss’ feet. Elana Scherr, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 The rear wheel driveshaft assemblies may have internal components that were not heat-treated properly, possibly resulting in driveshaft failure. Detroit Free Press, 12 Feb. 2022 In addition, Superior makes its own two-piece driveshaft and heavy-duty coil springs. John Phillips, Car and Driver, 26 Aug. 2023 Instead of the carbon driveshaft found on the other Z, the track-ready NISMO goes back to steel. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 31 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of driveshaft was in 1860

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“Driveshaft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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drive shaft

: a shaft that transmits mechanical power
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