oil pan

noun

Definition of oil pan 

: the lower section of the crankcase used as a lubricating-oil reservoir on an internal combustion engine

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The Sheboygan plants, which make components such as engine blocks, transmission cases and oil pans, have added 75 to 100 employees this year and could use another 20. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The problems of full employment — for some," 22 June 2018 Nissan toughens up the Titan XD Pro-4X with skid plates for the fuel tank, transfer case, radiator and oil pan. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Nissan’s hard-working Titan XD outlier delivers bang-for-the-buck," 2 June 2018 The work was aimed at preserving its components, and the only new parts of any significance are the fuel tank and oil pan. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "BMW M1 supercar left to rot in 1982 now on sale for a small fortune," 14 May 2018 The front axle runs through the oil pan, ensuring the engine is mounted mostly behind the axle line for optimal weight distribution. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Deep Dive: Cadillac’s New, Exclusive 4.2-Liter Twin-Turbo V-8," 21 Mar. 2018 An aluminum engine block, magnesium oil pan, and hollow crankshaft all conspire to save 57lbs (26kg). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Audi Sport’s RS3 and TT-RS: The same engine but very different cars," 17 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of oil pan

1908, in the meaning defined above

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oil pan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oil pan

: the lower part of an engine that holds the oil

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