leaf spring


Definition of leaf spring

: a spring made of superposed strips or leaves

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The load-bearing rear end of the F-150 rides on traditional (for a pickup) leaf springs. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares 2019 Ford F-150 and Ram 1500," 7 Aug. 2019 The ride quality is reasonably comfortable for a truck, with a double wishbone front suspension, coil-over shocks, rear leaf springs and solid rear axle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "$74,000 Ford F-150? Dearborn’s best, but love is blind," 22 June 2019 Old timey leaf spring suspension was thought to be heavier duty, never mind its poor ride and handling characteristics. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The New Defender Will Not Be Like the Old One," 7 June 2019 Well after Horch the man departed, the automaker was cranking out dual-overhead-cam straight-eights, servo-actuated brakes, four-wheel independent suspension, transverse leaf springs, and five-speed gearboxes. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "The Audi A8 May Go Electric and Ultra-Luxurious with a New High-End Model," 25 May 2019 How To Buy Skis Your weight is the main factor in selecting skis, which are essentially leaf springs. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Start Cross-Country Skiing," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of leaf spring

1855, in the meaning defined above

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