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

Definition of driveshaft

: a shaft that transmits mechanical power

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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 So far, Pininfarina has only shown teaser images of the vehicle, which reveal a low car with the wheels pushed out the corners (a design allowed by using electric motors instead of an engine and driveshafts) and little else. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Pininfarina's Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar," 14 July 2018 Water-Pump Housing: The motor is cooled by water from around the boat, which is pumped along the driveshaft. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Us Take Apart an Outboard Motor Into 501 Pieces," 6 Aug. 2015 Under its shapely, high-strength steel body is a carbon fiber driveshaft and composite rear cross member. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti: fast-casual Italian," 15 June 2018 Mobike’s latest space-age bikes have a driveshaft rather than chain-propulsion, reducing scope for breakage, with GPS and smartlocks powered by a solar panel that lines the front basket. Time, "The Trouble with Sharing: China's Bike Fever Has Reached Saturation Point," 2 Apr. 2018

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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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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