power take-off


: a supplementary mechanism (as on a tractor) enabling the engine power to be used to operate nonautomotive apparatus (such as a pump or saw)

Examples of power take-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawrence said the early investigation indicates that a power take-off unit failed, severing the hydraulic line. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2019 The idea, explains Paul Eremenko, UTC’s chief technology officer, is that during a full-power take-off and climb the combination of electric motor and jet turbine would produce the necessary 2MW. The Economist, 28 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of power take-off was in 1928

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“Power take-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20take-off. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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