push·​rod ˈpu̇sh-ˌräd How to pronounce pushrod (audio)
: a rod actuated by a cam to open or close a valve of an internal combustion engine

Examples of pushrod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Rolls was originally powered by a giant 7.7-liter pushrod straight-six engine that was bolted directly to a four-speed manual gearbox. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2024 Other Enzo highlights include onboard pushrod suspension, Ferrari’s first-ever use of carbon-ceramic brakes on a road car, and active aerodynamics that combine to produce 1,709 pounds of downforce at 186 mph. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2023 That genealogy may well have dictated the pushrod setup as well as the tight bore spacing that forces the LS1 engine to have a smaller bore and longer stroke than the old V-8. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2023 Multimatic's active suspension crowns the transaxle, using race-type pushrod suspension and the latest in adaptive spool valve shocks to enable as much control for drivers as possible. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2023 The pushrod setup is relatively compact compared to overhead-cam engines, allowing crate versions to slip easily into Fox-body Mustangs. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 6 June 2023 The images also reveal that the new car is going to move away from the Aventador's supremely elegant pushrod suspension, using more conventional upright springs for the double wishbone suspension at each corner. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 14 Mar. 2023 The Corvette was long known as the last high-volume sports car with a traditional pushrod V8. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 10 May 2023 The pushrod oil-burner is somewhat more competitive in its field, with its 2238cc, 62 horsepower, and 96 pound-feet of torque. Pete Lyons, Car and Driver, 26 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pushrod was in 1908

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“Pushrod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pushrod. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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