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 For example, the second-row Stow 'n Go seats—which fold flat into under-floor storage bins to create a large, flat load floor—have been retained in the all-wheel-drive models, with the three-piece rear driveshaft sneaking down the centerline. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Chrysler Pacifica AWD Delivers Family Transport for All Four Seasons," 19 Nov. 2020 Chrysler also managed to insert the system without compromising its treasured Stow ‘n Go seating, because the driveshaft in the transmission tunnel sits compactly packed in the vehicle’s centerline. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "The Most Anticipated Cars of 2021," 7 Dec. 2020 The second recall of the 2020 models, for a total of 10,905 U.S. vehicles, is for a driveshaft that could fracture along a welding seam, causing either unintentional vehicle movement or a loss of power when driving. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Ford Issues Two Recalls for 27,000 Vehicles, Includes Explorer, Edge," 13 Nov. 2020 To survive the power, the Redeye's drivetrain receives strengthened componentry as well, including, according to Dodge, a 15-percent stronger driveshaft and 20-percent stronger axles. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Adds More Power to the Mix," 23 Nov. 2020 The Sienna still tows up to 3500 pounds, and all-wheel drive remains an option, but instead of a driveshaft, there's an electric motor powering the rear axle. Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Toyota Sienna Sheds Minivan Stereotypes," 27 Oct. 2020 Hanley and the team made the race with relative ease in their Indy 500 debut last year, landing 27th in the first day of qualifying, even though a broken driveshaft barely a quarter of the way into the race ended their day early in 32nd. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "DragonSpeed misses first two days of Indy 500 practice with electronics issues," 13 Aug. 2020 Then there was the coolant-spewing 1991 Saab 9000 Turbo, that driveshaft-ejecting 1987 Jeep Cherokee, an engine-seizing 1987 Dodge Ram. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Ezra Dyer: My Worst Cars (And Boat) of All Time," 2 July 2020 To stiffen its body, the roadster gets additional carbon-fiber bracing in its driveshaft tunnel and under its hood. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Still Draws a Crowd," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of driveshaft

1895, in the meaning defined above

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25 Dec 2020

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“Driveshaft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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