drive·​train ˈdrīv-ˌtrān How to pronounce drivetrain (audio)
: the parts (such as the universal joint and the driveshaft) that connect the transmission with the driving axles of an automobile
also : power train
the drivetrain warranty

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Its fork is adjustable and the bike’s Shimano 7-speed drivetrain means smooth and responsive gear-shifting. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 23 July 2022 This bike has a Shimano 3 x 7 drivetrain, which means 21 reliable gears for everything from cross-country riding to steep climbs. Maggie Slepian, Popular Mechanics, 5 July 2022 This is because its powerful electric drivetrain (eATS) boasts an AMG-specific PSM motor on each axle. Michael Harley, Forbes, 5 July 2022 The biggest change for the 2022 Arteon, however, is its drivetrain. Mark Takahashi, Car and Driver, 3 June 2022 The hybrid drivetrain provides plenty of power for confident acceleration. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 8 June 2022 This mild-hybrid drivetrain gives the car a spritely 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 145mph. Alistair Charlton, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Hub motors don’t create the wear and tear on drivetrain parts, like the chain, that mid-drives do. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 30 Aug. 2020 That relatively reasonable price tag buys you Shimano’s Deore 12-speed drivetrain, two-piston Deore brakes, and a Fox 34 Performance Elite fork, none of which needs an upgrade out of the box. Outside Online, 27 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drivetrain was in 1938

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Cite this Entry

“Drivetrain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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Last Updated: 7 Aug 2022

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